Mayor: Introducing International Friends to the Charisma of Confucianism
On September 28, Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the Confucius ceremony at Taipei Confucius temple to celebrate the great teacher’s 2567th birthday.The 79th generation descendent of Confucius Kung Tsui-chang served as the Officer of Sacrificial Rite, while the Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong offered prayers on behalf of the President and recited the President’s congratulatory message. During his address, the mayor expressed his gratitude to the audience for showing up early in the morning to attend the ceremony. It is also an honor for the temple to receive so many guests, showing the institution’s success in promoting and preserving Confucianism.Ko noted that with the passing of time, the temple still holds the burden of preserving ancient rituals and the teachings of Confucius. It is also a place where guests from Taiwan and abroad can visit and experience the charisma of Confucianism. Cultural assets are important to Taipei’s foundation as a city of culture.The mayor also thanked the students involved in the ceremony for making the event a success, especially under the hot weather. Since Confucius’s birthday is also Teacher’s Day, he took the opportunity to wish all teachers a happy Teacher’s Day.