Confucius Memorial Ceremony
Published on Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:41am
The D.C. Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans will hold a special ceremony celebrating Confucius’ birthday on Saturday, September 17, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Born September 28, 551 B.C., 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 B.C. 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, the Confucius Memorial Ceremony will be an important cultural event in the Washington area.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s Great Hall. The library is located at 901 G St. N.W., near the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro Stations.