The ninth day of the ninth month in lunar calendar is the traditional "Chong Yang Festival" in China, which is also known as the Double Ninth Festival. This festival originates from the Warring States Period of China, which is about 2000 years ago.
By the traditional Chinese theory of "Yin" and "Yang", yin means dark and yang means live and bright. The number “nine” is regarded as yang, so both the 9th month and the 9th day of the month belong to "Yang", which means positive and masculine, and "Chong" means double in Chinese, hence the name "Chong Yang".
The ninth lunar month also means the coming of winter. So it is time to prepare the warm clothes, so the ancient people extended this festival to a time to provide winter clothes for their ancestors. The Double Ninth Festival, therefore, also became a festival to visit the graves of dead family members. Clothes made of paper would then be burnt as offerings for the dead.
On the Double Ninth Festival, people would pin cornels on chest, climb mountains, appreciate chrysanthemum flowers, drink chrysanthemum wine, and eat double-ninth cakes. If you are in a Chinese tour at this time, you will have the chance to see the original festival activities, and if you are lucky, you can participate in these activities, or you happen to have a Chinese family tour, you can even join the local family and celebrate with them.
Since the year of 1989, the Double Ninth Festival is also regulated as the "Old Men Festival". Old people are especially meant to improve their health by taking part in the activities on the day of the festival.
The Double Ninth Festival is a traditional festival that mixed various folk customs, and it is also a unique festival that only celebrated by Han nationality, which is different from the Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and so on.
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