Chung Yeung Festival is a festival observed in some East Asian countries including Hong Kong, Japan, and Vietnam. The festival is observed on the 9th day of the 9th month in Chinese calendar, thus, many people refer to the festival as Double Ninth Festival. Chung Yeung Festival is observed as a public holiday in Hong Kong.
Date of Chung Yeung Festival
Double Ninth or Chung Yeung Festival is observed on the 9th day of the 9th month in Chinese calendar. Due to different calculations of dates in Chinese calendar and Gregorian (Western) calendar, the date of Chung Yeung Festival in Gregorian calendar keeps changing from year to year.
When is Chung Yeung Festival 2013?
Chung Yeung Festival 2013 falls on Sunday, 13 October 2013. Since Chung Yeung Festival 2013 falls on Sunday, Chung Yeung holiday 2013 in Hong Kong will be moved to Monday, 14 October 2013.
Origin of Chung Yeung Festival
The commemoration of Chung Yeung Festival was based on a writing in one of the oldest Chinese classic texts – I Ching. Based on the writing, nine is the number of yang (traditional Chinese spiritual concept), and there is too much yang on the 9th day of the 9th month in Chinese calendar. Thus, the festival is also known as Double Yang Festival.
People believe that the excessive yang makes the date unfavorable and potentially dangerous. In order to neutralize the excessive yang as well as to protect oneself against danger on the 9th day in the 9th month, people usually climb a mountain and drink chrysanthemum. Thus, people observe Chung Yeung Festival every year as the day to drive away danger.
2013 Chung Yeung Festival Celebration
Originally, people commemorate Chung Yeung Festival as the day to drive away danger. Nowadays, the festival has changed to be a day of celebration when people are drowned in the festive atmosphere. Chung Yeung Festival is known as Chōyō in Japan and Tết Trùng Cửu in Vietnam, while in Taiwan and China, the festival is observed as the day to care and appreciate the elderly.
During Chung Yeung Festival, some Chinese people drink climb a high mountain and drink chrysanthemum tea to avoid danger. Some others also eat Chongyang Cake and visit the ancestors graves to pay them some respects. Chrysanthemum becomes the main plant during this event. Many municipalities organize some chrysanthemum exhibits, while children usually learn some poems about chrysanthemum on Chung Yeung Festival.