Mao on how to celebrate birthdays

Guard against arrogance. For everyone in a leading position, this is a matter of principle and an important condition for maintaining unity … Celebration of the birthdays of Party leaders is forbidden. Naming places, streets and enterprises after Party leaders is likewise forbidden. We must keep to our style of plain living and hard work and put a stop to flattery and exaggerated praise (Selected Readings, pp. 368-9).

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