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Tainan Confucian Temple Cultural Festival Two Thousand Years of Heritage Celebrated

October 13, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Li (rites), yue (music), she (archery), yu (chariot-riding), shu (calligraphy), and shu (arithmetic) are the Confucian Six Arts that are highly emphasized in Confucianism.

To highlight the cultural and spiritual part of Confucianism to the general public, the Tainan Confucian Temple annually organizes a series of Six Arts-centered cultural and literary activities held on the day of Confucius’ birthday. This year, the celbration will on September 28th.

Activities during the Confucian Temple Cultural Festival include an autumn Confucius ceremony, a music salon at the historical site, a Confucian Temple artifacts exhibition, Confucian Temple guided tours, Confucian Six Arts-themed activities, a lecture at Minglun Hall, children’s drawing activity, and the reading of Confucian classics. On-site activities differ each year based on the current theme and may cover an old-style children’s “spinning top” toy, walking on sticks, water guns, slingshots, kites, storytelling, cycling around Tainan, breaking through a barricade, and others. The mission is, through integrating life education and classics education in games, for the public to understand more about the history and culture of the Confucian Temple in a fun and easy manner. The uniqueness of the Confucian Temple Cultural Festival is due to the integration of over two thousand years of ancient rites with modern times.

During the Festival, professional guides will be available to answer questions and to provide a platform for exchanging ideas and thoughts. Hopes are that Confucian spirits and culture can be closer to the public and people may better understand the characteristics of the Tainan Confucian Temple.

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