An investor observes stock market at a stock exchange hall on September 2, 2015 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China.
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By Daniel Roberts / Fortune
September 2, 2015

Tuesday was another day of dramatic ups and downs for stocks in China, hardly a comforting way to close the markets before a four-day break in trading.

The reason for the long break? China, the world’s second-largest economy, is observing a national holiday to commemorate World War II for the first time since the war ended seven decades ago. The celebration is being seen as an attempt to show confidence and strength even as the country’s markets have fluctuated drastically since August 24, which has been labeled by Chinese media outlets as “Black Monday.”

And fluctuate those markets did on Wednesday: the Shanghai Composite Index finished the day down 0.2% but along the way had two spikes that would have brought it into positive gain for the day, as well as a drastic low, down 4.7% in the morning. The Wall Street Journal called it a “tug-of-war” between anxious sellers and optimistic buyers.

China’s overall market is down nearly 40% since June, a period in which the Shanghai Composite, Hang Seng Index, and the Nikkei have all fallen.

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