After fourteen years of traveling, Confucius finally returned to his homeland, Lu. But after all this time, the government of Lu still did not hire Confucius, nor did Confucius want to work for the government. Confucius concentrated on education and editing some ancient books of ritual and music. He taught poetry, history, ceremonies, and music to about three thousand students regardless of whether they were rich or poor.
When Confucius returned from his travels, the Duke of Lu welcomed him by using the ceremonies for distinguish guests. Confucius wife was dead one year before Confucius got back. Three years later, Confucius son and two of his favorite students were died one by one. It was a very big strike to Confucius, so he became very ill. Confucius was died in 479B.C. when he was seventy-three years old. Confucius was buried in Lu, on the River Sze in the north of the city. His disciples all observed the mourning of three years, because this is an ancient Chinese tradition when someone dies. Even though Confucius is dead, his great thoughts and actions will always effect us and be remembered forever.