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Confucius commemorated in Qufu, E China

2009-04-04 08:37:33 GMT2009-04-04 16:37:33 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A college student in ancient costume takes part in the ceremony to commemorate Confucius, at the Confucian temple in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province, April 4, 2009. Thousands of people at home and abroad participated in the grand spring ceremony commemorating Confucius in his birthplace Nishan Qufu during the tomb-sweeping holiday. Confucius (551 B.C. -- 479 B.C.), native of Qufu, was a great thinker, philosopher, and educator in ancient China. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

Kids show their calligraphy while taking part in the ceremony to commemorate Confucius, at the Confucian temple in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province, April 4, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

College students in ancient costumes take part in the ceremony to commemorate Confucius, at the Confucian temple in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province, April 4, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

Kids take part in the ceremony to commemorate Confucius, at the Confucian temple in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province, April 4, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

Delegates take part in the ceremony to commemorate Confucius, at the Confucian temple in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province, April 4, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

College students in ancient costumes take part in the ceremony to commemorate Confucius, at the Confucian temple in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province, April 4, 2009.

Thousands of people at home and abroad participated in the grand spring ceremony commemorating Confucius in his birthplace Nishan Qufu during the tomb-sweeping holiday. Confucius (551 B.C. -- 479 B.C.), native of Qufu, was a great thinker, philosopher, and educator in ancient China.

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