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Taiwanese aim to set new foot-washing world record
Central News Agency
2014-08-14 09:35 PM
Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) A massive foot-washing activity associated with filial piety will be held in Taipei in October, with the aim of breaking the world record it set last year, the organizers said Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to gather Oct. 12 in front of the Presidential Office, where they will wash the feet of their parents, grandparents and seniors in a show of respect and appreciation on the eve of Senior Citizen's Day, according to the Republic of China Sports Federation, which is organizing the event in collaboration with the Taipei City government. "The foot-washers will give the seniors a cup of tea, a foot massage, a foot wash and finish off with a warm hug," said Yang Yung-jui, who is responsible for marketing at the federation. The activity, held for the first time in Taiwan last year, set a Guinness World Record for the most pairs of feet -- 4,363 -- being washed at the same time. Yang said that this year, the federation will prepare 10,000 foot-washing sets, comprising plastic basins, stools, towels and tea cups. "We hope to break last year's record," he said. The senior citizens who have registered for the free event will each receive a NT$1,000 (US$33.37) restaurant voucher, Yang added. Chang Chao-kuo, head of the federation, said he hopes the food-washing activity will help raise awareness of the importance of filial piety and inspire people to treat their parents and other senior citizens better. The foot washing event will be preceded by a fun walk from designated locations in Taipei to Ketagalan Boulevard, in front of the Presidential Office. (By Christie Chen)
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