President Tsai prays for peace, health during Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival

President Tsai Ing-wen officiated at a worship ceremony in observance of Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival on Oct. 25, leading Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Minister Yiong Con-ziin, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), President Lin Kuang-hua (林光華) of Hsinchu Baozhong Yimin Temple, and Honorary President Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄) of World Hakka Federation to pray for peace and health when Covid-19 remained serious in many parts of the world.

The event began with a parade led by HAC Minister Yiong and Mayer Ko. More than 3,000 members of the Hakka community formed 6 major groups, participating in the public procession along the 3-kilometer long route, on which they marched from Taipei Municipal Stadium through National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Entering its 33rd year, this year’s three-day festival features the theme of “world peace and health” during the time when the whole world is deeply impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. Nineteen statues of Yimin, the deity of martyrs, from across Taiwan joined in the procession for participants to pray for blessings.

Tsai said that Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival has become an international-level event with considerable effort made by members of the Hakka community and those who care about Hakka culture. She added that this annual festival attracts not only overseas Hakka groups but also non-Hakka tourists to enjoy the festive atmosphere by conducting Hakka traditional practices such as escorting the statues of Yimin; carrying shoulder poles; and giving meals.

Stressing that promoting the industrial development in Hakka settlements and restoring the glory of Hakka culture are her administration’s important policy objectives, Tsai noted that the government is determined to achieve the goals step by step through the national Hakka projects, including Taiwan Romantic Route 3, Beautiful Liudui, and Lively Provincial Highway 9.

Tsai appealed to all the Hakka people for their support to revive the Hakka language and pass on Hakka culture from generation to generation.