Chinese New Year, Confucius, and Ben Franklin

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ben franklin.jpgOne week has passed from Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, which represents a combination of religious and secular rituals that have primarily stemmed from practices in Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism.

Communities Digital News has released an article that suggests Confucius and Ben Franklin could have celebrated Chinese New Year together, despite the differences in time and place, both reflecting the best of their respective cultures. Author Dennis Jamison writes:

As people around the world began the Chinese New Year, few people would have the audacity to make a connection between the holiday and Benjamin Franklin. Yet, at the heart of the actual celebration of Chinese New Year is the application of some of the precepts that Confucius taught centuries ago, and some of what Ben Franklin wrote about is in alignment with Confucian teaching.

Confucius lived and taught in China 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, at a time in which the Buddha was sharing his thought with the people of India. Franklin lived in the turbulent period of colonial America which experienced the creation of the United States of America. However, despite the difference in the time and geographic areas, it is likely that had Franklin met Confucius on a street in Philadelphia in the late 1700s, they may have had quite a discussion about Chinese New Year.

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