Double Ninth Festival
Observed on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese Luna Calendar, the Double Ninth Festival is a traditional Chinese festival with a history of more than 2,000 years.
The “double ninth” resonates “Jiu Jiu”, meaning “long” in Chinese, implying health and longevity.
In 1989, The State set the Double Ninth Festival as the Festival for the Elderly.
On May 20, 2006, Double Ninth Festival was inscripted into the First Batch of the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritages by the State Council.
The traditional customs of the Double Ninth Festival include mountain climbing, eating Double-Ninth cake, drinking chrysanthemum wine, and wearing cornel and hairpin chrysanthemum.
Thus, the people relax their bodies and minds, pray for blessings, ard off evil spirits and pray for auspiciousness.
On the Double Ninth Festival, the public climb mountains and feel nostalgia for their hometowns and beloved ones,
while the literati appreciate flowers, drink wine and write poetry.
The Double Ninth Festival has thus become a festival full of cultural connotations, suiting both refined and popular tastes.
The Double Ninth Festival and the culture of respecting the elderly are inseparable.
Respecting the elderly is a traditional virtue of China. The ancient custom of toasting to the elderly on the Double Ninth Festival is still practiced today.
As the eras progress, respecting the elderly has gradually become the current cultural theme of the Double Ninth Festival.
Younger generations of many families go home to visit the elderly, prepare meals, do housework and other things for them, accompanying family members to celebrate the festival.
By implementing the Double Ninth Festival culture and promoting a culture of respecting the elderly, it respects the traditional culture and meets the needs of today’s social development.
As a festival respecting the elderly, the Double Ninth Festival is also one of the four traditional Chinese festivals worshipping ancestors.
The Double Ninth Festival culture is a treasure of Chinese folklore with its rich and profound connotations.
Chinese culture has a long and brilliant history, as well as is a profound and excellent traditional culture that bears the fruits of wisdom of the Chinese nation, demonstrating its strong vitality and creativity.
Carrying forward and transmitting the fine traditional culture of China and the virtue of respecting the elderly is of great significance for building a harmonious socialist society.