BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese across the world held a series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China.
At a gathering commemorating the 150th birthday of Sun, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the best tribute to the revolutionary pioneer is to pursue his wish for a rejuvenated China.
"The best way we commemorate Sun Yat-sen is to carry forward his invaluable spirit, to unite all that can be united and mobilize all that can be mobilized to carry on the pursuit for a rejuvenated China that he had dreamed of," Xi said at the event held on Friday morning in Beijing.
Born on Nov. 12, 1866 in south China's Guangdong Province, Sun was known to the Chinese as a "great revolutionary and statesman" for his leading role during the 1911 Revolution, which overthrew the imperial Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and put an end to more than 2,000 years of feudal rule.
Ceremonies and other events have also been held across the world by overseas Chinese to commemorate the country's great national hero and patriot.
Last weekend, members of Peru's Chinese community marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sun by holding a photo exhibition.
The exhibition, titled "Sun Yat-sen and the Overseas Chinese Communities," opened Saturday at the headquarters of the Chinese community's leading charity organization near the historic downtown district of Lima.
The exhibition, with pictures and bilingual texts, presents Sun's lifetime experiences and his contribution to China's democratic revolution, including leading the 1911 revolution that ended imperial rule in China.
The show was launched by Chinese Ambassador to Peru Jia Guide and the charity's president, Alfonso Lian.
The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in Singapore also launched a special exhibition on Saturday to mark the anniversary.
The exhibition chronicles the story of the Wuchang Uprising and the 1911 Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty and eventually led to the birth of the new China.
Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Teo Chee Hean, and Chinese Ambassador to Singapore, Chen Xiaodong, were present during the ceremony's launch and were given a tour of the exhibition.
The Memorial Hall, known to many as Wan Qing Yuan, served as the Southeast Asian headquarters for Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary activities.
Sun's ideal of "Universal Love" inspired many as he raised funds and sought support from Chinese expatriates in his fight to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. Sun planned three uprisings from Wan Qing Yuan before the successful Wuchang Uprising during the Xinhai Revolution.
In the Spanish capital of Madrid, an exhibition marking the anniversary opened to the public since early November.
The exhibition, showcasing works by 32 Chinese artists, was dedicated to telling Sun's story and illustrating his ideals.
In Japan, a forum commemorating Sun was launched in late October in the southwestern city of Fukuoka.
The forum, gathering some 200 scholars, entrepreneurs and college students from countries including China, Japan, Singapore and Canada, was dedicated to reviewing and studying Sun's ideals and their significance.
Last month, a forum commemorating Sun was also held in the U.S. city of Chicago.