Double Nine Festival
Nestled between late September and October in the Gregorian calendar lies a celebration that's been cherished for over two millennia: Chong Yang Festival, also known as the Double Ninth Festival. This event isn't just a historical relic; it's a living testament to the deep roots of Chinese culture. This year, Chong Yang Festival festival falls on 23 October 2023.
At its heart, Chong Yang Festival resonates with the principles of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese practice that strives for harmony and balance in our surroundings. This festival offers a unique opportunity to tap into positive energy, or qi, by following customs and making specific placements that align with these principles.
The Power of Nine: Longevity and Prosperity
The number nine in Chinese culture resonates with the idea of "long-lasting" and "forever." Chong Yang Festival, occurring on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month, is steeped in this symbolism. Many believe that this day is a conduit for harnessing the energy of the number nine, attracting a life filled with health and prosperity.
Embracing Yang Energy: Climbing to New Heights
Chong Yang Festival is known for its potent yang energy – a force that represents dynamism and vitality in Feng Shui. The number nine, being an odd number, carries a yang nature. During this festival, the universe is believe to be charged with heightened yang energy. To harness this potent force, consider engaging in activities like mountain climbing. Mountains, brimming with yang energy, not only boost your personal vitality but also symbolize your ascent towards career growth.
Balancing Yin and Yang: A Harmonious Approach
Feng Shui emphasizes the equilibrium between yin and yang energies. While Chong Yang Festival magnifies yang energy, maintaining harmony is essential. So, while embracing the festival's energetic aspects, remember to balance it with yin. Spend time amidst the tranquility of nature, practice mindfulness, and nurture your inner calm to achieve this equilibrium.
Rain and Dew: A Sacred Blessing
During the Chong Yang Festival, the presence of rain and dew is deemed especially auspicious, further enriching the significance of this cherished occasion.
Chrysanthemum Wine: A Toast to Good Health
Chrysanthemum wine, a hallmark of this festival, isn't just a traditional beverage – it's believed to have medicinal properties. Sipping this fragrant elixir is thought to fend off illness and promote robust health.
Feasting on Tradition: Special Foods for Special Occasions
No Chinese festival is complete without sumptuous dishes. Chong Yang Festival features treats like chrysanthemum-shaped cakes and steamed glutinous rice with delectable fillings. Eating sesame, mutton or chestnuts are good for health.
Honoring Ancestors: A Tradition of Respect
In some regions, Chong Yang Festival is an occasion to pay homage to ancestors. Families visit ancestral graves, meticulously cleaning the sites and offering food and incense as a mark of respect.
Kite Flying: Uplift Your Spirits
Flying kites during Chong Yang Festival isn't just child's play; it carries deep symbolism. Kites represent the release of burdens and troubles, allowing positive energy to flow freely. Soaring a kite invites good luck and dispels negativity.
Wearing Cornelia and Other Protective Plants:
In Feng Shui, certain plants are considered protective and are believed to bring positive energy into the home. Cornelia, or "hong jing tian" in Chinese, is one such plant. Wearing cornelia or placing it in the home during Chong Yang Festival can serve as a Feng Shui remedy to create a protective barrier against . This year, place the herb in the South or East window or door of your premise.
Amid the Chong Yang Festival, we bridge ancient wisdom and modern life through Feng Shui. It's a time to reflect on health, longevity, and our connection with nature. By blending age-old customs with respect for our environment, we enrich our lives. Whether climbing a mountain or finding serenity, embrace the festival's essence to harmonize energy in our surroundings and our soul.