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Birthday of Confucius (557-479 BCE)
This holiday is celebrated with a dawn ceremony, parts of which date back nearly 3,000 years. Ritual dances, costumes, and rites pay respect to this teacher whose life and teachings benefited both individuals and society. In his The Commonwealth State Confucius writes, "When the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home shared by all." Confucius envisioned a world of peace, with music and literature as its gateways.
To learn more about Confucius' life and writings, visit this multilingual site.