Confucius Commemorated with Memorial Ceremony
Published on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:52am
The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools will hold a special ceremony celebrating Confucius’ birthday on Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Born September 28, 551 BC, Confucius’ was a Chinese philosopher, educator and founder of the Confucian school of thought. His theories, which advocate peace and social harmony, influenced orthodox ideology in China for more than 2,000 years and have regained interest in China over the recent years.
Confucius memorial ceremonies date back to 478 BC as celebrations featuring music, singing, and dancing. In recent years, Confucius memorial activities have been carried out annually by Chinese in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the rest of the world from September 26 to October 10. This year, under the leadership of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and the involvement of other devoted people, the Confucius Memorial Ceremony will be an important cultural event in the Washington area.