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Children experience First Writing Ceremony in Xi’an

Date: 2015.03.03 Editor: Evelyn Shi

An ancient-style First Writing Ceremony is held in Xi’an, on March 1, 2014. More than 50 children from Xi’an were attending the event to experience the traditional Chinese culture.



First Writing Ceremony, also called Kaibi Ceremony, is one of the most important events for every student in ancient China. On the start of school session, parents would take their children to attend the First Writing Ceremony. Teachers would put a red dot on the children’s forehead as it represented opening the wisdom eye, since the words “red dot” are pronounced the same as “wisdom” in Chinese. Then, teacher would give a lecture on basic principles of behavior. Next, Children kowtow to Confucius and their teachers. It means that from this moment, they are ready to take a step on the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.