South Korea’s Rulin veterans hold memorial ceremony for Confucius in Qufu, Shandong Province

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Soon Chun Hyang University in South Korea [Time]    2015-05-14 17:19:37 

From April 18 to 19, the Confucius Institute at Soon Chun Hyang University in South Korea led a group of 16 people consisting of the head of Onyang Hyanggyo and Rulin veterans to Qufu, Shandong Province to respectively hold memorial ceremonies at the Temple of Confucius and the Temple of Mencius.

Accompanied by the ritual music, all the Korean Rulin veterans, each clad in a long Confucian gown and a scarf, paid homage to Confucius and Mencius by burning incense, offering wine, reading memorial orations and kowtowing. After the ceremonies, the veterans expressed their gratitude to the Confucius Institute for offering them such a great opportunity to realize their dreams in their old age.

It is learnt that these Rulin veterans are all over 70, the eldest of whom is even 86. They have read up on Confucian classics and devoted themselves to self-cultivation wholeheartedly since their childhood, so they are experts in Confucianism as well as in calligraphy and painting. All these years they have been engaged in the promotion and development of Confucianism.

A Hyanggyo is a local educational institution in South Korea where Confucianism is inherited and Confucius and other saints are worshiped. To date there are altogether 234 Hyanggyos in South Korea. Each year, a great many local elders, celebrated scholars, gentries and entrepreneurs would go there to study and discuss Confucian classics, share with each other the views on Confucianism, hold memorial ceremonies and cultivate themselves.


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