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Mayor Attends Pudu Ceremony, Prays for Peace and Prosperity

At the invitation of a local religious organization, Mayor Ko Wen-je presided as the head ceremony official at a pudu event to commemorate the Ghost Festival.
As the head ceremony official of the event, the mayor donned traditional priest garments and read from the scripture to pay his respects to the deceased.
Mayor Attends Pudu Ceremony, Prays for Peace and ProsperityDuring his speech, Ko noted that pudu is referred to as Ullambana in Buddhism. Both the pudu and Yulan Festival seeks to assuage the suffering of the deceased in the underworld and the ghosts who are “lost” or no longer worshipped. 
According to the mayor, the purpose of the Corporation Republic of Hwa Dzan Society is to purify the souls of the mass, provide support for Pureland followers, and promote the teachings of dharma master Ching Kung. He believes that many residents have seen them on TV before, promoting traditional culture education through a diversified approach combining the elements of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.
Citing the Hwa Dzan Society’s focus in promoting Chinese culture and filial piety in recent years, the mayor noted that the group has also strengthened efforts related to diversity education and ancestral worship. The mayor added that he is here to seek blessings and prosperity for the people of Taiwan, wishing everyone good fortune for the year.