More than 4300 pairs of people participated in a massive ‘foot washing’ event in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei on Saturday, and shattered the (apparently pre-existing) Guinness World Record for the most people washing their feet at the same time, WantChinaTimes reports.
The event, aimed at promoting filial piety, saw children washing their mothers’, grandmothers’, and even great grandmothers’ feet.
The standard ritual calls for children to bow down to their parents, kneel to present them a cup of tea, massage and pound their backs, and then kneel once again to wash their feet.
The ritual demonstrates children’s appreciation of the parents’ unselfish love shown for them and treating the parents with love and respect.
Huang Ya-chun, 17, said she felt honored to wash the feet of her 103 year old great grandma: “Great-grandma often reads the Buddhist scripture to me, I like spending time with her and sharing what has been happening around.”
[Image via: WantChinaTimes]