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Pavilions tap into Cup spirit

THE South Africa Pavilion will hold a party starting from 8pm tomorrow to celebrate the World Cup Final between the Netherlands and Spain.

The pavilion has invited workers from various pavilions to represent the 32 football teams which competed during the World Cup, said official Xu Beijun.

Xu said visitors during the day can shoot penalty kicks at the pavilion's entrance and play table football games inside. They can also pose for pictures with the giant football at the entrance.

She regretted they couldn't invite visitors to join the party at night due to Expo site regulations.

The Spain Pavilion will also host a grand party for the final at the plaza in front of the pavilion.

The party, to start at 10:30pm tomorrow, will be supplied with Sangria from the Spain Pavilion and cheese from the Netherlands Pavilion. Music performances, a lucky draw and other surprises also await guests.

The cup champion game between Spain and Netherlands will be broadcast at 2.30am on the plaza. Visitors have to leave but staff from organizers and participants are welcome to stay.

To celebrate its entry into the semi-final, the Spanish pavilion allowed visitors wearing Spanish or German national team jerseys to enter through the green channel. The access now includes Netherlands supporters.

Mandela Day

Also, the South Africa Pavilion is planning to celebrate Mandela Day on July 18 to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former president, and his achievements.

Xu said pavilion officials would work with local organizations to start a charity campaign across the city. She also encouraged visitors to spend at least 67 minutes devoting themselves to public benefit activities on the day to commemorate Mandela's 67 years of devotion to human equality.

Visitors can tour the pavilion exhibition displaying Mandela's efforts in volunteering and community service. They can also "meet" Mandela in the form of a life-sized video projection and take photos posing with his statue.

"Mandela's name may be familiar to visitors, but not everyone knows his achievements, his concepts of equality and his life stories. That's why we are planning to hold an exhibition," said Xu.


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