TAIPEI, Taiwan — A series of activities aimed at promoting family values kicked off Saturday, with Minister of Education Cheng Jei-cheng attending the opening ceremony held in Taipei City. The event, formally known as Grandparents-Grandchildren Week, is being sponsored by the Ministry of Education to mark the upcoming Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Day, which falls on Oct. 7 this year. The day is also known as Senior Citizens’ Day because it is set aside to honor senior citizens.
Besides the ceremony at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taiwan’s capital, ceremonies to launch the start of the Grandparents-Grandchildren Week program were also held in Miaoli County’s Sihu township in northern Taiwan, Tainan City in the southern part of the country, and Taitung City in the east. Speaking at the opening ceremony in Taipei, Cheng said the day is a traditional festival held to show care and respect for the elderly, and he expressed hope that the Grandparents-Grandchildren Week activities will help re-establish the value of family and make society more harmonious. The opening ceremony included dance and music performances by various troupes, including several from elementary schools in the city. Lifelong learning, traditional toys and generational exchange areas were also set up, featuring a variety of activities, and the organizers had also planned several activities for Sunday, including film screenings, lectures and a fun camp. The program will run through Oct. 11.