Chong Yang (The Double- Ninth重阳节) Festival
Chong Yang festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month and has more than 1700 years of history. In Chinese numerals, one, three, five, seven, and nine are positive numbers, and two, four, six, and eight are negative numbers. The ninth day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar is called the Chon Yang Festival or the Double Ninth Festival. This festival has a variety of activities, such as mountaineering, chrysanthemum appreciation, wearing horns, eating Chong Yang cakes, and drinking chrysanthemum wine.
Recently, many people climbed mountains to worship their ancestors’ graves, enjoyed the flower chrysanthemums show, visited temples, took part in charity walks and an appreciation of the Autumn colours. This ancient festival has an additional dimension, and it has also become a time to respect the elderly. People hold various activities to remember the elderly by visiting old people's homes to wish them good health!
Chong Yang Festival in Manchester
On the Chong Yang festival in Manchester, Chinese people like to organise short trips to celebrate this festival. Some of them will visit their ancestors at the Chinese Southern Cemetery in Chorlton, Manchester. For MCC children, we mainly promote the festival by respecting the elderly, making white paper birds to commemorate their ancestors, and sending blessings to them. It is important to maintain this traditional festival and understand its roots.