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10,000 people expected to enter calligraphy record attempt

10,000 people expected to enter calligraphy record attempt

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) More than 10,000 people are expected to take part in a calligraphy event on New Year's Day in Taipei to set a record for submission to the Guinness Book of World Records, the city's Cultural Affairs Department said Wednesday.
President Ma Ying-jeou will be one of 16 officials who will kick off the event, which is scheduled to take place at the Huashan Cultural-Creative Park from 1 p.m. Thursday.
Ma and the 15 other officials will write 16 propitious words with writing brushes and ink, department officials said.
The ceremony will be followed by a mass calligraphy event in which more than 10,000 people are expected to take part, the officials added.
The department is hoping to have the event included in the Guinness Book of World Records, as there is no record for large numbers of people performing calligraphy simultaneously at a single location.
The sponsors of the event will also provide blank red paper so that members of the public can write their own Spring Festival couplets, a traditional activity to herald the Chinese New Year, which falls on Jan. 26.
A calligraphy exhibition of works by a number of noted calligraphers will also be staged at the park Jan. 1-12, according to the Cultural Affairs Department.
The activities are part of the 2009 Chinese Character Festival that was started by the city government five years ago.
(By Deborah Kuo)