It’s the great sage’s birthday today, and also teacher’s day! Two of my classmates actually got up at 5 to watch the morning celebrations and yi-dancing held at the Confucian Temple AND made it back to class. When break time arrived, the whole row opposite me slumped as one onto the table in a truly moving communal spirit.
I visited the temple later but there were only a handful of people there, picking up the rubble of the festivities. We got given lumps of banana-candy flavoured glutinous rice and wrote our wishes on little wooden fortune cards to hang up along the temple wall.