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A grand evening gala is held to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Oct. 10, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
PYONGYANG, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a series of grand celebration activities in Pyongyang Sunday evening, celebrating the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
Top leader Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the WPK, chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, and other leaders of the DPRK government and party, including Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, attended the evening gala.
Zhou Yongkang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) who was here for a three-day official visit, watched the performance together with Kim Jong Il.
Diplomatic envoys from different countries, representatives of international organizations and other foreign guests were invited to attend the evening gala.
Kim Ki Nam, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, delivered a speech. "The grand evening gala is a festival of victory and glory in high praises of the immortal feats performed by the WPK," he said.
On the Kim Il Sung Square, there were nearly 100,000 Pyongyang citizens dressed in traditional costumes with flowers in their hands and forming various phalanxes. Fireworks of various shapes and colors burst against the sky.
The evening gala, named "Do Prosper, Era of Workers' Party" was made up of five parts, including "Glory to Mother Party," "Party of Comrade Kim Il Sung," "Country where Leader's Desire Has Come into Full Bloom," "Party is Guide of Victory" and the epilogue "Long Journey following General."
It represented the exploits of the WPK, which has made endeavors in economic construction and improving people's living standards in recent years and is a unique Korean-style gala which reflects the desire and sentiment of the Korean people, the KCNA, the DPRK's official news agency, said.
After the evening gala, a banquet was given by the Central Committee of the WPK at the People's Palace of Culture.
Choe Thae Bok, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, spoke at the banquet.
"The WPK has creditably discharged its mission and role as organizer and guide of all victories, while always linking the leader with the people through the unprecedented rigorous course of the Korean revolution," he said.
There were also splendid firework galas in Hamhung City, South Hamgyong Province and Kaesong City, North Hwanghae Province.
On Sunday morning, a grand military parade was held on the Kim Il Sung Square. The Korean People's Internal Security Forces, the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and the Young Red Guards took part in the parade. Kim Jong Il, accompanied by Kim Jong Un and other leaders of the DPRK's party and government, watched the parade.
After the parade, there was a military might show which showcased the DPRK's achievements in socialist construction and the DPRK people's love of the motherland, aspiration for reunification and hope for peace.
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