An unusual ceremony that has become an annual rite on the island of Taiwan is the celebration of the birthday of Confucius, which this year was held on Saturday (28 September).
GV ZOOM OUT FROM procession at Buddhist temple in Taipei with drums banging
CU tourists watching
GV schoolboys performing dance with peacock feathers. Drums continuing
CU musicians playing ancient instruments (2 shots)
CU schoolboys continue peacock-feather dance
CU scholar reads from works of Confucius
GVS procession with lanterns, and scholars burning papers (3 shots)
MVS TILT DOWN performance on stage and people praying at shrine (3 shots)
SVS Man with joss-sticks in front of symbolic cow and spectators watching (3 shots)
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Background: An unusual ceremony that has become an annual rite on the island of Taiwan is the celebration of the birthday of Confucius, which this year was held on Saturday (28 September).
Born 2500 years ago and undoubtedly China's best known philosopher, Confucius formulated the ethical standard of civilisation practiced in China for two thousand years.
It was a traditional holiday on the mainland before the advent of The People's Republic of China, but the ritual has now been banned.
The Taiwanase celebration starts at dawn, at the Confucian Temple in Taipei.
The participants are usually elderly scholars and young students. This film shows a recent rehearsal in progress.