What is the Double Ninth Festival?

Double Ninth FestivalThe Double Ninth Festival is held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. This year, the Double Ninth Festival is celebrated on the 9th of October. The festival is celebrated in China and other countries in Asia. Height Ascending Festival is another name for the Double Ninth Festival in China. In other parts of Asia, the festival is called Chung Yueng Festival in Hong Kong, Senior Citizens Festival in Taiwan, and Chryanthenum or Jugoya Festival in Japan.

The name of the festival originated from the records of an ancient Chinese book, entitled Yi Jing (I Ching). The number 6 was thought to be the Yin character, described as feminine or negative, while the number 9 was thought to be of the Yang character, described as masculine or positive. On the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, both day and month are Yang characters. Chinese ancestors celebrate that day because they would consider that as a prosperous day.

During this festival, people would climb mountains, eat rice cake called gao and drink chrysanthemum tea or homemade chrysanthemum wine.







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