Chinese Double Ninth Festival (Chongyang Festival)
Fast Facts about The Double Ninth Festival
|Chinese Name：||重阳节Chóngyáng Jié|
|Alternative Names:||Double Ninth Festival, Seniors' Day, Height Ascending Festival, Chrysanthemum Festival|
|Date:||Sep.9th (Chinese Lunar Calendar)|
|Festival Type:||Traditional Chinese Festival|
|Countries/Areas to Celebrate:||China|
|Traditions and Customs:||Showing respect to the seniors, Climbing mountains, Eating Chongyang cakes, Drinking chrysanthemum wine, Enjoying chrysanthemum and sticking chrysanthemum, Inserting Zhuyu (medicinal cornel)|
|Festival Food:||Chongyang Cakes, Chrysanthemum Wine|
Date of Double Ninth Festival
|Year||Date of Chongyang Festival|
Origin and History
On the 8th day of the 9th lunar month, the immortal told Huan Jing that the devil would appear again the next day. He gave Huan Jing some Zhuyu leaves and some chrysanthemum wine and let him go back to kill the devil. After coming back, Huan sent everyone a Zhuyu leaf and a glass of chrysanthemum wine. On the 9th day, the devil emerged from the river and became dizzy at once on smelling the scent of Zhuyu and the wine. Huan Jing took his sword out and killed the devil at last. From that time on, climbing the mountain has become a custom to avoid the evil on the 9th day of the 9th month.
Traditions and Customs
As September has the clear sky and fresh air, it is a very good time to climb the mountain. There will be a sense of exhilaration by climbing the mountain in this season. Also, it is good for health. Since the Western Han Dynasty(202 BC - 9 AD), it has been the custom of climbing on the Chongyang Festival.
On the day, enjoying the chrysanthemum are very popular as the flower symbolize longevity. The flowers are in full blossom those days. Many people will go to the park to enjoy its beauty. Drinking the chrysanthemum is regarded as a way to block off disasters and evil things. Sticking chrysanthemum and inserting Zhuyu are also traditions to avoid the evil as they have special smells which can repel insects and keep out the cold.
Eating Chongyang cake is another tradition on the festival. There is no fixed way of the cake but the one with nine layers with two sheep on it is the best. Two sheep means Chongyang. Nine layers indicate people could progress well in everything.
Today, the festival is mostly celebrated as the Seniors' Day. On the day, many activities are held to show respect to the seniors such as organizing a trip for them, sending them gifts and more.
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