Thousands join foot-washing event in Taipei to show filial piety

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TAIPEI (CNA) – People from all walks of life turned out in their numbers Sunday in Taipei to take part in a foot-washing ceremony, a ritual that symbolizes filial piety in traditional Chinese culture.

The annual ceremony, held at the plaza in front of the Presidential Office, was aimed at raising awareness among youth of the importance of filial devotion and inspiring people to be good to their parents, said Chang Chao-kuo (張朝國), president of the Republic of China Sports Federation (ROCSF) that organized the event.

“People who show filial piety tend to have a stronger sense of morality and are more grateful in life,” Chang said, adding that such people are also more likely to be successful.

In his address, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said filial piety is the foundation of all virtues. However, filial devotion is not practiced widely nowadays in Taiwan, he said, adding that the annual event is meant to remind the younger generation of the importance of such values.

Among the thousands who gathered at the plaza to wash their parents’ feet were two Olympic medalists, female weightlifters Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) and Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳). The foot-washing ceremony was held in Taipei for the fifth consecutive year. 

By C.W. Huang and Joseph Yeh