Festivities mark launch of new patriotic TV spots

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 October, 2005, 12:00am

National Day will be marked today with a fireworks display in Victoria Harbour, carnivals, Cantonese opera, dancing, Chinese orchestra performances - and a new series of patriotic TV commercials.

The $1.2 million, 12-episode set of commercials replaces the present series that was launched on National Day last year. They feature scenes of everyday life on the mainland with the national anthem in the background played by the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Driving home the patriotic message, the fireworks display will have themes like 'Unity and Harmony', 'Pride of Chinese' and 'Love our Motherland'.

Another topical message will be delivered before the fireworks by 50 volunteers organised by the Wan Chai District Office. They will urge people along the Wan Chai promenade to 'Keep Hong Kong Clean' and take their rubbish away.

The display is expected to draw 400,000 people on either side of Victoria Harbour, with up to 6,000 expected on the new West Kowloon promenade alone.

Special traffic arrangements will be in place to manage the crowd and the MTR and Citybus will step up services.

A number of schools started celebrating early with flag-raising displays yesterday, among them Leung Kui Kau Lutheran Primary School in Sha Tin.

It put together 5,337 mooncake cases collected by Friends of the Earth to build models of the national flag and the Great Wall. More than 900 pupils took part.

Vice-headmaster Wong Yin-ha said: 'We all enjoyed this special occasion.'