Updated at 5.43pm: Hong Kong will hold a series of celebrations on Sunday to mark the 57th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, a government spokesman said on Thursday. A flag-raising ceremony will start at 8am at Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will join about 2,500 people, including invited guests, government officials, members of uniformed groups and community groups, at the ceremony. The police band and a mixed choir from the Diocesan Boys' School and Diocesan Girls' School will play and sing the Chinese national anthem. There will also be a sea parade and a fly-past by the disciplined services. The National Day reception, to be hosted by the Chief Executive, will be held after the flag-raising ceremony at the Convention Centre's Grand Hall. It will feature a dance by the Hong Kong Dance Federation. About 4,000 guests, including members of the Executive and Legislative Councils, consular corps, heads of missions in Hong Kong, senior government officials and community group representatives will attend the reception. In the evening, a variety show will start at 7pm at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom. A 23-minute fireworks display, sponsored by Mission Hills Golf Club, will start at 9.15pm over Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong, which was ceded to Britain in the mid-19th century, returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The People's Republic of China was established on October 1, 1949 by the Chinese Communist Party. This was after the party defeated the Kuomintang in civil war and seized control of the mainland. The People's Republic of China is the world's fourth largest economy and represents China as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec).