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Confucianism, also known as Ruism (ru, meaning "scholar"), is a traditional religion based on philosophy from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BCE). The philosophy places emphasis on the importance of family and social harmony with more humanistic values rather than spiritual values. Followers of Confucianism practice the Five Virtues of justice, wisdom, charity, loyalty and propriety. Stemming from Confucianism, is Neo-Confusianism, which focuses more on metaphysical ideas and is characterized as a combination of humanistic and rationalistic ideals. 

Most Confucian holidays are shared from other East Asian cultural beliefs and religions. The most important Confucianist days are Confucius' Birthday, Qing Ming, Chongmyo Taeje, Ching Ming Festival and National Day of Purification. 


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