Double Ninth Festival

Authors: Go Chengdu


The Double Ninth Festival, or Chongyang Festival, is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The day is designated as the Seniors’ Day in China.
The Double Ninth Festival, or Chongyang Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival with its origin dating back to the Warring States period some 2,500 years ago. The festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese lunar calendar and celebrations include mountain climbing, wearing cornel (cornus officinalis) and chrysanthemums appreciation. In 1989, the festival was designated by the Chinese government as the Seniors' Day.
Traditional Customs of the Festival
Mountain Climbing
Autumn is liked for its clear sky and refreshing weather, and the Double Ninth Festival is the occasion for the family to climb mountains and have a view of the surroundings.
Favorites spots for local people to climb high include the Qingcheng Mountains, Longquan Mountains, Tazishan Park, Wangjiang Pavilion and numerous hills and mountains around the city.
Chrysanthemums Appreciation
Chrysanthemum flowers of various kinds enter into the blooming season in the days around the Double Ninth Festival, and chrysanthemum-related activities such as flower appreciation, having chrysanthemum wine and chrysanthemums cakes are observed during the period.
Popular sites for chrysanthemum appreciation include several parks in downtown Chengdu and the Sansheng Village, where people can buy pots of chrysanthemum.
Wearing Cornels
Days around the festival are the period of drastic weather changes and people observe the custom of wearing cornel sprays (cornus officinalis, a medicinal herb with strong fragrance) in the hope to expel evil spirits and keep healthy.
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