The Double Ninth Festival, also known as Chongyang Festival, falls on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month. It is a day to pay homage to the elderly and celebrate the spirit of perseverance and resilience.
Traditionally, people climb hills or mountains on this day, as it is believed that the height will bring good luck and protect against misfortune. Those who cannot climb will drink chrysanthemum wine, eat chongyang cake, and wear cornel to ward off evil spirits.
The Double Ninth Festival has deep roots in Chinese culture and reflects the Confucian value of respecting the elderly. It is a time for families to gather and show appreciation for their elders, offering them gifts of longevity, health, and happiness.
Moreover, the festival also celebrates the human spirit of determination and courage. It encourages people to face challenges with courage and perseverance, just like the ancient poet Du Fu wrote in his famous poem “Ascending the Heights on Double Ninth Festival.”
Let us all embrace the spirit of the Double Ninth Festival, respecting our elders, finding inspiration in the courage of those who came before us, and facing our challenges with perseverance and determination. Happy Chongyang Festival to all!