Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Most people washing their feet: Taipei event breaks Guinness world record
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A "foot washing" activity — aimed at promoting filial piety — drew 4,363 pairs of feet to participate in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei on the eve of Senior Citizens Day in Taiwan, shattering the previous Guinness World Records' record of 3,724 and setting the new world record
for the most people washing their feet at the same time,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: A woman washes her 103-year-old great grandmother's feet in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei.
The Guinness World Records' record for the most people washing their hands is 37,809 at an event organised by Lifebuoy Team and the federal government of Nigeria at TBS Onikan in Lagos, Nigeria.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest washing line; it measured 35,046.40 m (11,4981 ft 4 in) and was created by Procter And Gamble Distribution Europe in Wenduine, Belgium.
A total of 3,724 children washed their mothers' feet in Pingtung in 2011, said Yunlin Association of the R.O.C, the event's co-organizer that represents residents from southern Taiwan's Yunlin County.
It is hoped that the ritual, which demonstrates children's appreciation of the unselfish love shown them by their parents, could raise public awareness of paying respect to one's parents, the association said.
It is so touching to see so many people attend the event, said Chang Chao-kuo, head of the association.
The campaign drew participation from all walks of life, and many of the participants said it was a good opportunity to both express gratefulness for their parents and pass down the spirit to the next generation.
The standard ritual calls for children to first bow to their parents, kneel to present them a cup of tea, massage and pound their backs, and then kneel on one knee to wash their feet.
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