Event in Hong Kong to commemorate Sun Yat-sen’s birth anniversary

Hong Kong, Nov 16 (IANS) A large-scale event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen’s birth was held in Hong Kong on Wednesday with more than 1,000 people participating.

The event was jointly held by Hong Kong Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations, Hong Kong Association for Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China and Sun Yat-sen Education and Charity Foundation, together with more than 50 other organisations and a number of celebrities.

The event aims to commemorate Sun’s great achievements in history, learn from and carry on his patriotism and pioneering spirit, according to the organisers, Xinhua news agency reported.

Around 1,200 people joined the event, which took place in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

They were representatives of different sectors from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. This is one of the biggest events held here to mark Sun’s 150th birth anniversary.

Born in 1866, Sun is a great national hero and patriot as well as a revered revolutionary leader who played a pivotal role in overturning imperial rule in China.