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Chung Yeung Festival

Jane Ramsay

Posted on October 28 2017

Chung Yeung Festival

Coming from a country as young was Australia I find it fascinating to learn about the meaning behind all the traditional holidays and celebrations here in Hong Kong. For example today is the Chung Yeung Festival. This festival originated in the Han Dynasty (BC 202- AD 220). It is also known as the Double-Ninth, the Festival of High Places or Autumn Remembrance, and is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. According to legend a fortuneteller or sage advised the then King to take his family to high place for the entirety of ninth day of the ninth moon. When they returned home, they found all the townspeople dead. Their lives had been saved by following the advice.

 
Thus was born the Chung Yeung Festival. As a result here we are almost 2000 years later  where it is still considered good luck to travel to a high place on the ninth day of the ninth moon. Another traditional custom on this day is to fly kites, as it is thought that kites carry bad luck up into the sky. Here in Hong Kong as almost all cemeteries are located on higher ground, many people combine customs and use this holiday as a day to journey to ancestral graves to perform cleansing rites and pay their respects. Although nowadays very few people will camp in the mountains overnight, many families do go hiking and picnicking in the hills of Hong Kong.

However you are spending today. Enjoy!

 

 

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