In celebrating the annual "Old People's Day" in Taiwan, the Mayor of Taipei played host to some 100 old men and women, and entertained them with a picnic and a guided tour around the country-side of Taipei.
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MS Two old couples stood in line before the rest of the 100 old as representatives of the old to receive stick from Mayor.
MS, CU Group of the 100 old. Also close-ups of some of them, their faces.
MS, CU Mayor Huang Chi-Sui of Taipei delivers a good wishes speech.
MS Representative of the old group thank the Mayor with a speech.
MS Mayor giving out sticks to the two couple of old representatives.
MS The old people being guided to get on the five buses to take them on the tour.
MS At the final destination, the Tse-nan Temple, old people sided by their sons and daughters, some by themselves and their sticks, climb slowly up the hill leads to the main temple.
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MS Inside the temple's praying stand, old men and women kneel down before the God Statue and prayed.
MCU Faces of these who were paying their respects to God and praying.
MS At the inscence stand, women pick out burning inscence for use in praying.
MS A huge table on which all kinds of food were layed (For God), people add their share to it.
MS More praying old and their faces.
MS At the Temple's Fire-place, women threw in paper money, an old Chinese superstitious custom which supplies God with money to spend in heaven. (This party may be NOT be filmed because film ran out possibility)
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Background: In celebrating the annual "Old People's Day" in Taiwan, the Mayor of Taipei played host to some 100 old men and women, and entertained them with a picnic and a guided tour around the country-side of Taipei.
A brief ceremony took place outside the City Government on the morning of March 23rd before the day's scheduled outing. Curious onlookers as well as the 100 old people crowded in front of the Mayor's office building and listened carefully as the Mayor gave them his blessings and good wishes. A walking stick then was passed out to every one of the 100 old lovables by the Mayor which was to be used "as a helping hand with the hill-climbing, and also to be taken as a souvenir to this happy occasion."
Aided by the younger generation, some their sons and daughters, some their grandsons and grand-daughters, the old people were guided into five buses which took them on a tour to some of the most famous scenic spots at the out-skirts of Taipei City. The trip ended up at the Tse-Nan Temple, the largest of its kind which is located on a hill-top over-looking the Taipei City. With lightened and happy hearts, the old did not seem to find it exhausting climbing the many hundreds of steps leading to the temple.
Despite the sudden change in weather, the elders still enjoyed a memorable day. A unexpected down-pour switched the picnic from outside on the green to inside of a Temple reception hall. Nevertheless, the old had a field day paying respects to their worshipping God, and praying for the safety and happiness of the ones they love. They were grateful that the Mayor had been wise and thoughtful to have picked a temple as the day's final destination, for here, the old found what they treasure and cherished most - Peace.