Confucius Culture Festival
Shandong hosts the Qufu International Confucius Culture Festival which is held every year between September 26 and October 10 in Qufu City, the hometown of Confucius. Confucius (551-479 BC) was born on September 28t in Qufu, Shandong Province. Celebrations include a grand ceremony of worshipping Confucius, performances at the Temple of Confucius and the Cemetery of Confucius and occasionally a kung fu competition. These performances are often accompanied with ancient music and dance, which are performed in an ornate manner. Confucius Culture Festival serves not only as a pageant to commemorate the world-famous philosopher, but a chance to introduce Chinese culture to the whole world. A visit to the hometown of Confucius, Qufu, is included in almost all featured tour packages to Shandong Province.