SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- On the eve of the historic centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement, various events and ceremonies are to be held throughout the country on Thursday.
The main celebratory event will take place at the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan, about 100 km south of Seoul, in the evening under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The two-hour-and-a-half national festival, in celebration of the March 1 movement's centennial, will be broadcast live by KBS 2TV from 6 p.m., featuring collaborative performances by top Korean signers and displaying the Korean people's wish for world peace.
World-renowned soprano Sumi Jo is scheduled to release her special new song, "I'm a Korean," at the festival.
An annual reenactment of the March 1 Independence Movement will be held at Cheonan's birthplace of renowned female independence fighter Yu Gwan-sun and a nearby former marketplace named Aunae. Yu, then a 16-year-old student, played a pivotal role in leading a pro-independence rally at the Aunae market on April 1, 1919. In the marketplace rally, 1,300 people gathered to demand Korean independence.
Participants in the reenactment event will march about 1.4 km between Yu's birthplace and Aunae carrying a torch and shouting "Manse!", which means "Long live the independence of Korea!."
In Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, about 1,000 citizens will hold a March 1 centennial celebration event on the downtown street of Dongsungno.
The event will feature performances by a choir of citizens and singers, a lecture on the Manse movement in Daegu a century ago, and a reenactment of a street march of Manse demonstrators.
In Sejong, an administrative city in central South Korea, a musical will be performed at the city's lake park from 7:30 p.m. as part of its March 1 movement centennial celebrations.
In other parts of the nation, including Gwangju, adjacent South and North Jeolla areas, Gyeonggi Province and Chungcheong provinces, various reenactment events of the Manse march and academic forums will take place to reflect on the meaning of the March 1 Independence Movement.
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