PHOTO ESSAY/2022 New Year's Day flag-raising ceremony

01/01/2022 05:38 PM
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People pose for a photo after attending the flag-raising ceremony in front of the Presidential Office. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
People pose for a photo after attending the flag-raising ceremony in front of the Presidential Office. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) Taiwan's New Year's Day flag-raising ceremony was kicked off at 5 a.m. with performances lauding and celebrating the hard work of Taiwan's medical professionals in 2021.

Members of the Chien Kuo High School Marching Band kick off the flag-raising ceremony by playing the tuba and performing tricks with flags bearing the band
Members of the Chien Kuo High School Marching Band kick off the flag-raising ceremony by playing the tuba and performing tricks with flags bearing the band's name and emblem. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
Following the first act, members of the Taipei First Girls High School Marching Band
Following the first act, members of the Taipei First Girls High School Marching Band's honor guard and color guard perform the school's signature rifle spin, a long-standing tradition of the girls' high school. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
Dancers from the Taipei First Girls High School Marching Band perform in unison alongside their honor guard peers. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
Dancers from the Taipei First Girls High School Marching Band perform in unison alongside their honor guard peers. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
Local Taiwanese rock band "Sorry Youth" jam out to the audience to celebrate the efforts of Taiwan
Local Taiwanese rock band "Sorry Youth" jam out to the audience to celebrate the efforts of Taiwan's medical professionals. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022

The Honor Guard of the Republic of China, made up of Taiwan's Navy, Army and Air Force, were one of the biggest highlights of the flag-raising ceremony; they gave an attention-grabbing performance to the audience.

The Honor Guard of the Republic of China marches in front of the Presidential Office to welcome the arrival of President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, and representatives of Taiwan
The Honor Guard of the Republic of China marches in front of the Presidential Office to welcome the arrival of President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, and representatives of Taiwan's medical professionals. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022

Following various performances, President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te and members of the Presidential Office arrive on to the Ketagalan Boulevard to greet the public and participate in the flag-raising event.

Standing in front of the Presidential Office, President Tsai Ing-wen (left) gestures to the crowd while Vice President Lai Ching-te (right) waves the flag of the Republic of China. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
Standing in front of the Presidential Office, President Tsai Ing-wen (left) gestures to the crowd while Vice President Lai Ching-te (right) waves the flag of the Republic of China. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022

For their hard work in the past year, Taiwan's medical professionals were featured during the flag-raising event, with representatives of the profession getting showered with honors and performances.

Representatives of Taiwan
Representatives of Taiwan's medical professionals, led by Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, wave to the crowd. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中, center), leads representatives of Taiwan
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中, center), leads representatives of Taiwan's medical professionals in singing the national anthem. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
From the Presidential Office's YouTube channel
President Tsai Ing-wen (front, right) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (front, left). CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022
President Tsai Ing-wen (front, right) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (front, left). CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022

President Tsai Ing-wen also delivered her 2022 New Year's address, in which she announced the four pillars of this year's plan for stable governance: continuing Taiwan's global engagement, maintaining Taiwan's economic momentum, strengthening Taiwan's social security network, and safeguarding Taiwan's national sovereignty.

President Tsai Ing-wen delivers her 2022 New Year
President Tsai Ing-wen delivers her 2022 New Year's Address on the morning of Jan. 1 in the Presidential Office reception hall. CNA photo Jan. 1, 2022

(By James Lo)

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