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Mayor Participates in 2020 New Year’s Day Walk

New Year’s Day Walk On the first day of 2020, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-Je headed to the Presidential Office Building at 06:00 sharp to attend the “Advancing Taiwan Together in 2020” New Year’s Day flag-raising ceremony, having participated in the bustling New Year’s Eve party earlier on the same day, in order to celebrate the beginning of a new year.

Thereafter, Ko visited Taipei Expo Park in Yuanshan to attend the 2020 New Year’s Day Walk. During his speech, Ko mentioned that since the New Year’s Day Walk was first held in 2004, 2020 marks the event’s 17th anniversary.

This year’s theme is Zhi Ju, which not only means contentment in Chinese but is also homophonous with “knowing your feet”, encouraging people to get acquainted with their legs. As a matter of fact, medical research indicates that a simple way to calculate the longevity of a senior citizen is by determining how far he or she can walk in 6 minutes, therefore having healthy legs is crucial to one’s longevity. In light of this, hosting the New Year’s Day Walk is an extremely meaningful and beneficial thing to do.

Ko commented that the Taipei City Government’s Department of Sports has collaborated with the Hope Foundation to organize the New Year’s Day Walk since 2011. Over the years, the event has become a permanent fixture on many citizens’ calendars, and they bring their old classmates, co-workers, and friends on the first day of every year to partake in the walk.

The mayor wished citizens a Happy New Year, hoping they can kick-start the brand-new year with abundant energy and embrace every single day with vitality.