- 1 October 2013 (Eighth Moon, Day 27)
Birthday of Confucius
The Birthday of Confucius falls on the twenty-seventh day of the eighth lunar month. You can find the Western calendar date here.
Born around 2500 years ago, Confucius is one of the most influential of China’s philosophers. The lauded man left a world-famous legacy of teachings and ethical principles that stress self-enlightenment through the Five Virtues of charity, justice, propriety, wisdom and loyalty. Confucius’ influence on social and family practices can still be found in China and other Asian countries today. For example, filial devotion and ancestor worship, evident in the celebrations of the Ching Ming and Chung Yeung festivals, are cornerstones of Confucianism.