China marks the 120n anniversary of Mao Zedong, reports CNN.
In Beijing, a big crowd solemnly gathered in the marble and granite mausoleum containing Mao's embalmed body.
Chinese president and Communist party chief Xi Jinping attended the 9 a.m. ceremony along with China's top leaders.
More elaborate rituals were conducted in Mao's hometown of Hunan province.
"There have been big meetings and academic symposiums discussing Chairman Mao's life and achievements," said a retired cadre in Hunan, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media. "In (Mao's birthplace) Shaoshan, they reopened the just refurbished Chairman Mao museum. Tourists from all over China are also flocking in to visit his birthplace. Chairman Mao's relatives are also in Shaoshan to take part."
Many Chinese still admire Mao and most of his policies. They are considered "leftists" or conservatives because they oppose liberal-thinkers and reformists who in China are deemed rights.
Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), was a Chinese communist revolutionary, politician, poet, military strategist, and socio-political theorist. The chairman and founding father of the People's Republic of China from its establishment in 1949, he governed the country as Chairman of the Communist Party of China.