When is Chung Yeung Festival ?
On this day, your colleagues in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan celebrate the Chung Yeung Festival.
In Hong Kong this day is a public holiday. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the following Monday may be a holiday. It is also a public holiday in Macau.
The festival, otherwise known as as the Double-Ninth, the Festival of High Places or Autumn Remembrance, has been celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month for millennia.
The holiday commemorates a legend from the Han Dynasty (BC 202- AD 220) that states that a soothsayer advised the Woon King to take his family to high place for the entirety of ninth day of the ninth moon.
When the King and his family returned home, they found all the townspeople dead.
It is now considered good luck to travel to a high place on the ninth day of the ninth moon, the Chung Yeung Festival.
A traditional custom on this day is to fly kites, as it is said that kites can carry bad luck up into the sky.
The people of Hong Kong now use this holiday as a day to journey to family graves to perform cleansing rites and pay their respects.
Many families also go hiking and picnic in the hills of Hong Kong.