A grand ceremony to commemorate the 2557th
anniversary of the birth of Confucian was held Thursday morning
(September 28) in the sage’s birthplace Qufu, Shandong Province.
The ceremony was observed by over 7000 people,
with 400 from overseas.
In the sound of young students chanting passages
of The Analects (《论语》), and the bells intoning in
a dignified and measured marching pace, the gate of Confucius
Temple slowly swung open, while in a distance, a procession
Leading the way in front were nine chariots accompanied
by 72 flags in an antiquate fashion, each chariot driven
by a pair of young men in traditional costume, which was
followed by a large congregation of 2557 representatives.
Upon arrival, the delegates filed into the temple through
two gates: Gate of Virtue the Heaven and Earth (德牟天地) and
Gate of Way the Past and Present (道冠古今). An annual dialogue
with the past began.
As all pipe and string instruments broke loose, lauding The
Oneness of Heaven and Man, from incensories, perfumed
clouds wavered up to the sky. In that symphonic moment,
2557 dignified bodies bent low, marking their deep respect
for a devoted promoter of the universal unity and harmony.
Then, responding in a time-honoured fashion, a eulogy was
enunciated, paying tributes to one of the greatest teachers
“白云舒卧, 紫霞纵横, 红缠杏坛, 绿掩碑亭。
“共缅先师, 追远慎终, 志道据德, 心正意诚。”
"White clouds with purple streaks,
Red altar among green trees …
Herein we review, the master’s teachings,
Closely we follow, the sage’s footsteps."
In the closing melodious statement Let’s Unite under
Heaven (《天下大同》), the narrative ground of Chinese tradition
Kids in traditional Chinese youth costume
dancing in ceremony
The echo of the past with a thousands-year old aspiration
is loud: When we are one in heart, life on earth could be
elegantly simple and content.
One humanity, one family. The legacy of Confucius does not
just belong to the Chinese. It belongs to the whole world.
Confucian’s descendant Kong Xiangkai led
the chanting of The Analects
(Original photo by: Zhan Xiaodong, People Daily)
It is estimated that there are 2 million descendants of
the Confucian living all over the world, with Shandong and
Zhejiang being their main settlement areas.
Quotes by Confucian:
By gaining the hearts of the people, the territory is gained;
by losing the hearts of the people, the territory is lost.
The prosperity of a state can not be gained through accumulating
wealth; it can only be achieved by upholding the righteousness.
道之以死, 齐之以刑, 民免而无耻; 道之以德, 齐之以礼, 有耻且格.
If the people be led by laws, they will try to avoid the
punishment with no sense of shame; If the people be led
by virtue, they will discern right from wrong.
听讼, 吾犹人也. 必也使无讼乎.
In hearing litigation, I am not wiser than anyone else; but
what I am striving to achieve is to cause the people to
have no litigation.
If one cannot rectify himself, what has he to do with rectifying
不患无位, 患所以立; 不患莫己知, 求为可知也.
I am not concerned that I have no place but how I may fit
myself for one; I am not concerned that I am not known
but seek to be worthy of knowing.
Not to do to others as you would not wish done to yourself.
夫仁者, 己欲立而立人, 己欲达而达人.
The man of virtue wishing to stand firm himself as well as
help others to stand firm; wishing to be succeed as well
as help others to success.
Being firm, enduring, simple, and modest, one is near to
When one treats others with respect, he keeps far from being
A supreme man has a dignified ease without pride; a mean
man is full of pride without a dignified ease.
知之为知之, 不知为不知, 是知也.
When you know a thing, to acknowledge you know it; when you
do not know a thing, to acknowledge you do not know it.
And this is knowledge.
Learning without thought is fruitless; thought without leaning
A teacher shall make no distinguish between different social
classes among his students.