Com­mem­o­rat­ing the Sage Con­fu­cius

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May 26, Qing­dao, Shan­dong Prov­ince: Ac­tors per­form a dance dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Con­fu­cian Tem­ple in Jimo, held to com­mem­o­rate the an­cient Chi­nese philoso­pher.

The Con­fu­cian Tem­ple in Jimo was de­stroyed by war in 1929. The re­con­struc­tion project started in Jan­uary 2015 and fin­ished in Au­gust 2016. To celebrate its open­ing, about 120 peo­ple from all walks of life at­tended the cer­e­mony.

Con­fu­cius (551-479 B.C.), an ed­u­ca­tor and philoso­pher, has been de­i­fied as a great sage of an­cient China and is now re­garded as a sym­bol of China’s tra­di­tional cul­ture. Ri­tu­als to com­mem­o­rate Con­fu­cius started in 478 B.C., the year af­ter his death, and have now been held for more than 2,000 years. Now, the an­nual grand cer­e­mony to com­mem­o­rate the sage has been nom­i­nated by UNESCO as part of China’s in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage.

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