September 9th Double Ninth Festival
- Oct 19, 2018 -

     The Double Ninth Festival is the traditional Chinese festival for the 9th day of the lunar calendar every year. In  the Book of Changes, "Nine" is set as a positive number. On September  9th, two or nine are heavy, so "Chongyang"; because the day and the moon  are both nine, it is also called "heavy nine." The ancients believed that Chongyang was an auspicious day worth celebrating. Ancient  folks have the custom of ascending and praying for the Double Ninth  Festival. Celebrating the Double Ninth Festival generally includes  activities such as ascending, sun-bathing, and chrysanthemum. Since its  inception, it has added connotations such as respecting the elderly and  enjoying the feast of the Chongyang Day (respecting the feast). Grateful and respectful.
    Chongyang and New Year's Eve, Qingming and Zhongyuan are also called the four traditional Chinese ancestral festivals. "Nine"  is the largest number in the number. It has the meaning of longevity  and longevity, and it is a blessing to people's health and longevity. On  September 9th, 1989, the Lunar New Year was designated as the "Respect  for the Elderly", advocating the whole society to establish a culture of  respecting the elderly, respecting the elderly, loving the elderly, and  helping the elderly. On May 20, 2006, the Double  Ninth Festival was listed by the State Council as the first batch of  national intangible cultural heritage.


     As the traditional  festival of our country, the Double Ninth Festival has a long history  and was first mentioned in the works of the Southern and Northern  Dynasties. In the Three Kingdoms period, Wei Wendi Cao Yu's  "Nine Days and Zhong Yushu" has written a banquet for Chongyang: "Years  come to the moon, and September 9th. Nine is the number of the sun, and  the sun and the moon should be, the vulgar The  name is thought to be suitable for a long time, so it is a feast for  high-level banquets." At this time, the banquet was held on the day of  September 9th to celebrate the festival. In the  Wei and Jin Dynasties, there was a custom of enjoying chrysanthemums and  drinking, which was reflected in Tao Yuanming's works. In the Tang Dynasty, the Double Ninth Festival was designated as a formal holiday. Since then, the whole country has celebrated the Double Ninth Festival and held various events during the festival. In the Ming Dynasty, in September, the emperor had to personally go to the Longevity Hill to climb the high to Changqiu. In the Qing Dynasty, this custom was still prevalent.