By: Wu Jhe-hao, Christie Chen and Romulo Huang
Taipei, May 14 (CNA) A coming-of-age ceremony for international students was held at the
Temple of Confucius in Changhua City, central Taiwan, on Saturday, with the participation of some 150 students from high schools and universities in Changhua County.
Changhua County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷) presided over the ceremony, in which he painted a red dot on the forehead of each student to symbolize the bestowing of wisdom.
Traditional rites were performed at the ceremony in honor of Confucius, while international students from Chienkuo Technology University recited “The World of Da Tong (禮運大同篇)” — the Confucius ideal of a commonwealth state — in English.
Addressing the ceremony, Wei encouraged the students to do their best to develop healthy and optimistic attitudes and to contribute to the future development of their respective countries. [FULL STORY]