Ritual dances, songs launch Confucian Culture Festival
Ritual dances and songs were performed at Confucius temples in Jiading District in Shanghai and Taipei in Taiwan during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday to launch this year's Shanghai Confucian Culture Festival.
The city festival has been held every September since 2008 to commemorate the ancient scholar and pass on traditional Chinese culture. It was the second year it was joined by the Confucius temple in Taipei via the Internet.
Students from the Shanghai Taiwanese Children School performed a ritual dance about ancient noble morality and manners.
Tsai Rwei-syin, one of the students, said they practiced two months for the performance.
"My mother is a 74th-generation offspring of Confucius and I have been learning about his thoughts from childhood," said Tsai.
"Confucius' thoughts, such as everybody in the world has the right to receive education, are still influential today and this Confucius Culture Festival is a good chance for me to learn more about traditional Chinese culture and enhance emotional resonance among people across the (Taiwan) Strait. I hope the festival can help pass on traditional Chinese culture."
Lu Fangzhou, Party secretary of Jiading, said he hoped the two places, with the Confucius temples, can enhance the inheritance of traditional Chinese culture and boost communication across the Taiwan Strait to jointly achieve the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
During the opening ceremony of the festival, the suburban district also launched a program for experts and scholars from the Yangtze River Delta region and Taiwan to deliver lectures on traditional culture. The first lecture will take place next week.