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Where is National Confucius Day celebrated? 

National Confucius Day is celebrated in China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Who is National Confucius Day celebrated by?

People of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea celebrate this day every year in different ways.

When did National Confucius Day first start?

Confucius Day was officially started in 2006 in Hong Kong.

Who started National Confucius Day?

Hong Kong officially announced National Confucius Day in October 2006.

Statue of in Confucius at the entrance of The Temple

History And Timeline

National Confucius Day is celebrated in the third week of September to honor the great scholar and Chinese teacher, philosopher Confucius. National Confucius Day is observed as Teacher's Day in China and Taiwan. Confucius emphasized education to all without racial discrimination. His philosophies had no influence on the Chinese culture at the time of his death, but in later years the Chinese Government started to follow his teachings as the official philosophy.

551 B.C.

Birth Of Paragon Of Chinese Sage

Confucius was born on September 28, and Confucius's father was a soldier. Confucius's birthday is celebrated as Confucius Day in Hong Kong, and as Teacher's Day in China and Taiwan.

531 B.C-521 B.C

Confucius Became The Master

Confucius started a private school, and young disciples looked up to him, and they called him 'Master.' When he turned 30, he taught more than 3,000 students, of whom many were considered outstanding.

501 B.C

Minister of Crime

While he was in his 5oth year, he was appointed as the Minister of Crime. Confucius as a political leader made a great change in Chinese history.

479 B.C

Confucius Breathes Last

At the age of 72, Confucius died from natural causes. Before his death, he was burdened by the loss of his sons. After his death, Confucius's disciples compiled his teachings as 'Analects of Confucius.'


Confucius Day Made Official

Hong Kong announced the celebration of Confucius's birthday as Confucius Day.

Traditions And Customs

Many countries with Confucian cultures such as China, Taiwan, South Korea, Macau, and Hong Kong hold commemorations. The grand ceremony dedicated to Confucius begins early in the morning on the island of Qufu in the Chinese province of Shandong and the Confucius Temple in Taipei, Taiwan. The ceremony is attended by scholars from various countries, notable people from different parts of the world, and descendants of Confucius. At the Confucius Temple in Qufu, musical performances and dancing using ancient instruments, wearing traditional costumes, performing early rituals and rites, and various other activities and events are held. The ceremonial music, called the 'The Sound of Peace,' is played with traditional Chinese instruments. On this day, not only is Confucius' life celebrated but his death is also revered.

Ways To Observe National Confucius Day

You could use this opportunity to contemplate the virtues of Confucius, as the significance of honesty, mutual respect, sincerity, self-control and moderation, dutifulness, self-discipline, wisdom, and courage. You may apply these concepts in your life and become a better person.

You can celebrate this day by learning more about this ancient philosopher's life and teachings. You can read 'The Analects', which gives us information about Confucius through the memories of his earliest disciples.

Another way to celebrate Confucius's birthday is to learn about Confucius's philosophies on food and apply them. Some of these food philosophies include: chopping food into small bits and serving them, consuming properly cooked, fresh meals only, and eating meals in moderation.

Facts And Stats

  • Confucius Day is also celebrated as Teachers Day because Confucius believed in non-discriminatory education.
  • People also follow the teachings of Confucius about food on this day.
  • On this day, people listen to Confucius's favorite music, which is a type of ancient Chinese music.
  • Confucius Day in 2022 would have been Confucius' 2,573rd birthday!

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FAQs About National Confucius Day

When is Confucius's birthday?

The birthday of Confucius is on the 27th day of the Lunar month in the Chinese calendar.

What is the importance of celebrating Confucius day?

We should try to follow Confucian thought and emphasize self-cultivation as an honor to the social philosopher.

Who developed the idea of Confucius Day?

Followers of Confucianism developed the idea of Confucius Day after his death. Later, various countries celebrate Confucius Day in different ways.

What are some benefits of celebrating Confucius Day?

On Confucius's birthday, people perform the earliest rituals and rites and remember one of the world's greatest philosophers who lived 2,500 years ago.

What are the limitations in celebrating Confucius day?

There are no limitations in celebrating Confucius day.

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When Is This Day Celebrated

Date Day
September 29, 2020 Tuesday
September 29, 2021 Wednesday
September 29, 2022 Thursday
September 29, 2023 Friday
September 29, 2024 Sunday

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