The Grand Ceremony of Worship of Confucius is held each year in Qufu City, Shandong Province, the hometown of the famous philosopher. Confucius, known as one of the most important teachers, politicians and philosophers in Chinese history, is also renowned for his philosophy, Confucianism, which has influenced China since ancient times and is still considered one of the country's most important philosophies. This year marks his 2,573rd birthday. At the annual ceremony, people pay tribute to him via numerous rituals. Follow CGTN to discover more of this venerable predecessor's history.