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Ceremony held to celebrate Mencius' birthday in Shandong

2019/5/7 13:39:59   source:sdchina.com

The second day of the fourth lunar month is the birthday of Mencius, the lesser sage. On the day (May 6 in the Gregorian calendar), a big ceremony was held to mark the birthday of Mencius and his mother in Mencius Temple in Zoucheng, Shandong province, hometown of Mencius. A total of more than 2,000 people of Mencius' descendants and from various circles at home and abroad attended the ceremony.

The ceremony is an important part of the Mother Cultural Festival. With the theme of "carrying forward the spirit of maternal education, cultivating family-country feelings", the festival aims to further explore the cultural deposits of Zoulu culture, promote Mencius' thoughts and the brand influence of Mengmu, foster distinct city image and noble city spirit, and enhance the cooperation and exchange between Zoucheng and other cities.

Meng Qingrui, a descendant of Mencius and a famous calligrapher, attended the ceremony. It was the first time for him to take part in the event of commemorating Mencius and his mother in Mencius' hometown. "This kind of celebration will not only carry forward the cultural connotation of maternal education but also benefit the building of family tradition and education. It is a pragmatic practice of the innovative transformation of excellent traditional culture." he said.

Mencius' thoughts and maternal education culture are crucial for the cultural inheritance of Zoucheng. It is the living cultural gene of Zoulu culture or even the Confucian culture, and an exceptional traditional culture of the Chinese nation. 

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