Double Ninth Festival of 2015 is celebrated on October 21. This is no holiday for this traditional festival.
Double Ninth Festival is celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month. This festival is also called ChongYang Festival. In Chinese, Chong means double, and Yang means the number 9, meaning masculine. On the other hand, the number 6 means Yin, meaning feminine. The 9th day of the 9th month is the day that has two Yang numbers (meaning two 9s). That is how the name ChongYang (Double Ninth) was created.
Also, the number 9 is pronounced Jiu in Chinese, which means long. Chinese people used the word Jiu with the meaning of longevity with a person’s life. Double nine is pronounced the same as the word to signify forever (Jiu Jiu in Chinese). Chinese ancestors considered it an auspicious day to celebrate.
Some of the activities that Chinese people have are eating Double Ninth cake, climbing mountains, and drinking chrysanthemum wine.
Double Ninth Cake (ChongYang Gao)
The Double Ninth cake is a nine-layer cake shaped like a tower. People would place a red flag on top of the cake.
Height Ascending Festival
Chinese people have the tradition of climbing mountains on that day; therefore, Double Ninth festival is also called Height Ascending Festival.
The Double Ninth Festival is a time when chrysanthemum blooms. Chinese people drink chrysanthemum wine.
New Meaning of ChongYang Festival
In 1989, the Chinese government decided the Double Ninth Festival as Seniors’ Day. This is a day to respect the elder people and to let them enjoy themselves. Younger generations will bring elder ones to suburban areas, send gifts to them, or simply stay with them on this very day.
Dates of Double Ninth Festival
Double Ninth Festival of 2015 is celebrated on October 21.
Double Ninth Festival of 2016 is celebrated on October 9.
Double Ninth Festival of 2017 is celebrated on October 28.
Double Ninth Festival of 2018 is celebrated on October 17.
Chinese people celebrate eight traditional Chinese festivals, which are Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival, QingMing Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Seventh Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, ChongYang Festival, and Winter Solstice.