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Published: 17:00, October 01, 2022 | Updated: 11:08, October 02, 2022
SAR in festive spirit to mark 73rd National Day
By Chen Shuman in Hong Kong
Published:17:00, October 01, 2022 Updated:11:08, October 02, 2022 By Chen Shuman in Hong Kong

The national and the HKSAR flags fly high at Wong Tai Sin Temple to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Oct 1, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was a sea of joy on Saturday, with national flags permeating every street in the city and festive activities held to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.   

The Kowloon East Chaoren Association organized a flash mob singing event in Kwun Tong, where more than 200 people sang patriotic songs, such as Pearl of the Orient and Sing in Praise of Our Motherland.

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In the evening, a themed variety show, to be hosted by National Day celebration organizer, the Organizing Committee of Compatriots in Hong Kong in Celebration of the 73rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, will be staged at Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom.

The National Day festivities kicked off early this week, with the city’s streets adorned with national and HKSAR flags fluttering from lampposts and barricades erected along sidewalks

Thirty-eight performers and 13 performance groups, including senior singers and school dance choirs, will take part. Two special performances featuring the nation’s aerospace and sports achievements have been added to this year’s show to reflect Hong Kong’s participation in the nation’s overall development.

The National Day festivities kicked off early this week, with the city’s streets adorned with national and HKSAR flags fluttering from lampposts and barricades erected along sidewalks.

In the coming weeks, an array of activities will be held, including concerts, drawing and photography competitions, seminars and a national knowledge competition, to mark the festive occasion. Political parties and social organizations will distribute gifts to grassroots residents.

Pansy Ho Chiu-king, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Federation of Women, said on Friday this year’s celebrations are particularly meaningful as Hong Kong has embarked on the right track of “one country, two systems” with the implementation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong and the  revamped electoral system.

A flag-raising ceremony is held at Wong Tai Sin Temple to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Oct 1, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

She pledged that the federation will strengthen unity among women to serve the community and contribute to the nation’s next centenary goal.

Ma Fung-kwok, president of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Hong Kong Member Association, told a gala held by non-profit organization Hong Kong Writers on Friday that as the SAR enters a new stage of prosperity, its cultural undertakings will benefit from the unprecedented opportunities created.

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He urged the cultural industry to jointly promote cultural integration and innovation to tell the good stories about the nation and Hong Kong.

People take selfies in front of a mobile billboard truck in Hong Kong to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Oct 1, 2022. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Culture and Art Association staged a sign language dance performance on Saturday at Victoria Shanghai Academy, a private school in Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island, to commemorate National Day. More than 1,000 teachers and students attended the event, offering blessings to the motherland.

Maggie Koong May-kay, co-founder and head of Victoria Shanghai Academy, said she was pleased with the students’ performances that showcased their love for the nation.

She said the school will continue to strengthen students’ understanding of the country and their national identity.

From Friday, 10 colorful boats decorated with distinctive Southern District characteristics and National Day features will sail past Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter for four consecutive days to celebrate National Day with the district’s residents.

Chan Nam-po, chairman of the Hong Kong Southern District Community Association and who’s in charge of the district’s National Day celebrations organizing committee, said they will hold various activities to share the festive atmosphere with the community.

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