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Double Ninth Festival - Chinese Seniors' Day

2013-10-12 19:18:59


The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Double Ninth Festival, which falls on October 13 in 2013. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, "6" was thought to be of yin character, meaning feminine or negative, while number "9" was thought to be yang, meaning masculine or positive. So the "9" in both month and day create Double Ninth Festival, or Chong Yang Festival. The Chinese ancestors considered it an auspicious day worth celebration. 

The celebration of Double Ninth Festival is colorful and romantic, generally speaking, including activities of outing and enjoying the scenes, climbing mountains, watching chrysanthemum, wearing dogwood, eating Double Ninth pastry and drinking chrysanthemum wine. >>more

Climbing Heights Enjoying Chrysanthemum Flowers Eating Double Ninth Cake
Wearing Cornel Twigs (Dogwood) Chrysanthemum Flower Wine Family Get-togethers

Filial piety is a concept that has been passed down from generation to generation in China for thousands of years. The Double Ninth Festival, which dates back more than 2,000 years, is a day for showing respect to the elderly in China. In 1989, the Chinese government decided the Double Ninth Festival as Senior's Day, combining the tradition and the modern, which made it become the festival of honoring, loving and helping the seniors. A book filled with 24 stories of children showing filial piety to their parents was published during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and was popular for several centuries. >>more

Shun The Great

Emperor Of Han

Zeng Shen

Min Ziqian

Zi Lu

Dong Yong

Young Master Tan

Jiang Ge

Lu Ji

Lady Tang

Wu Meng

Wang Xiang

Wang Xiang

Yang Xiang

Zhu Shouchang

Yu Qianlou

Lao Laizi

Cai Shun

Cai Shun

Jiang Shi and His Wife

Wang Pu

Ding Lan

Meng Zong

Huang Tingjian

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Visit thy parents - it's the law

Observing filial piety in China

Toward humane geriatrics

Online care business raises filial piety concerns

The duty of visiting elderly

China embraces first Seniors' Day

On the Double Ninth Festival, people will eat Double Ninth Gao (or Cake).

There is no fixed ways for the Double Ninth Cake, but super cakes will have as many as nine layers, looking like a tower. Double Ninth cake is also known as flower cake, chrysanthemum cake and five color cake. 

We may as well make Double Ninth cakes ourselves this Double Ninth Festival. It is very fun. The recipe is as follows.  >>more

 Produced by Liu Fang



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