Chienkuo Technology University welcomed foreign exchanged students to experience a Taiwanese cultural blessing for academic
英文編譯／應三甲 林嘉漩、張維哲 Instructor／Irene Lee Reviewer／Jeanne Ril
Chienkuo Technology University welcomed foreign exchanged students to experience a Taiwanese cultural blessing for academic exam takers
Our school wanted to give CTU's new foreign exchange students an opportunity to "do as the Romans do"; in this case, experience a traditional Taiwanese blessing ceremony for students who take exams. On March 2, 2016, there were 20 new foreign exchange students from Australia, France, Russia, Japan, and South Korea. The group was led by Chairman Lien-Hsing Wu and President Farn-Shing Chen. Together, they headed for Chang Yi Temple to pray for good luck, and hoped that religion could provide them with spiritual comfort as well as a safe and sound academic journey in Taiwan.
"Chang Yi Wenchang God Temple" is a Changhua City's third historic monument, dedicated to the gods Wusheng Guan Gong, Wenchang and Kui Dou Shengjun. In every exam season, examinees endlessly flock here to pray. Consequently, Changhua City Hall holds an annual service called "Wenchang God Prays for the Examinees" to show its caring for the numerous students who are going to be involved in all kinds of examinations. This year's event was set on March 6, 2016, and CTU's teaching faculty and more than 20 foreign exchange students were invited to join the preliminary press conference on March 2.
On that day, the entire blessing ceremony process was very solemn. A group of more than 20 foreign exchange students were led by Changhua mayor Qiujian Fu Jianguo, CTU's Chairman Lien-Hsing Wu, and President Farn-Shing Chen. Lots of offerings were prepared, such as green onion (for cleverness), celery (for diligence), and radish (for good luck). Then Chairman Lien-Hsing Wu and President Farn-Shing Chen bowed low to the Wenchang God three times, and then pointed a cinnabar stick, which symbolizes allowing wisdom to come into one's mind.
They listed successful candidates on the chart, crossed over the "Champion Bridge", rang the "Gong of Success", and even ate "Intelligence Cake" and "Triumph Candy". All of the participants got the privilege of experiencing traditional Taiwanese culture firsthand.
CTU Mandarin teacher Rou-Zhen Huang also came along because she plans to apply to National Taiwan Normal University's Ph.D. program. She hopes that attending this blessing ceremony will bring her good luck and a bright future.