Chung Yeung Festival around the world in 2023

Chung Yeung Festival around the world in 2023
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  How long until Chung Yeung Festival?
Chung Yeung Festival
  Dates of Chung Yeung Festival around the world
2025 Various Oct 29
ChinaWed, Oct 29Not A Public Holiday
Hong KongWed, Oct 29National Holiday
MacauWed, Oct 29National Holiday
TaiwanWed, Oct 29Not A Public Holiday
2024 Various Oct 11
ChinaFri, Oct 11Not A Public Holiday
Hong KongFri, Oct 11National Holiday
MacauFri, Oct 11National Holiday
TaiwanFri, Oct 11Not A Public Holiday
2023 Various Oct 22, Oct 23
ChinaMon, Oct 23Not A Public Holiday
Hong KongMon, Oct 23National Holiday
MacauMon, Oct 23National Holiday
TaiwanSun, Oct 22Not A Public Holiday
2022 Various Oct 4
ChinaTue, Oct 4Not A Public Holiday
Hong KongTue, Oct 4National Holiday
MacauTue, Oct 4National Holiday
TaiwanTue, Oct 4Not A Public Holiday
2021 Various Oct 14
ChinaThu, Oct 14Not A Public Holiday
Hong KongThu, Oct 14National Holiday
MacauThu, Oct 14National Holiday
TaiwanThu, Oct 14Not A Public Holiday

The festival, otherwise known as Autumn Remembrance, has been celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth moon for millennia

  Which countries observe Chung Yeung Festival in 2023?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  ChinaOct 23
  MacauOct 23
  TaiwanOct 22

When is Chung Yeung?

On this day, your colleagues in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan celebrate the Chung Yeung Festival.

The festival of Chung Yeung, otherwise known 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.

Traditions of Chung Yeung

Since the festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, it is also known as the Double-Ninth festival. Odd numbers are considered Yang, meaning positive and masculine, according to the ancient Chinese divination text Yi Jing. Nine, being the largest single odd number, is considered the most positive.

In mainland China, the festival is considered a fortunate day that should be celebrated. In Chinese, nine has a similar pronunciation to the Chinese character ‘jiu’, meaning long, so the day has become a symbol of longevity in life. In 1989, the Chinese government designated the festival as Senior’s Day – a day to express love and show respect to the elderly.

The Legend of Chung Yeung

During the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 AD), Runan county was believed to be under threat from a demonic presence that brought illness and death to villagers. A man named Heng Jing, who was one of the sick, eventually lost his parents to the disease.

According to legend, after recovering, Heng Jing vowed to slay the demon. Bidding his wife and hometown farewell, he went in search of a supernatural master of martial arts to take him as a disciple. Heng eventually found the powerful Fei Changfang, who, moved by the man’s dedication, took him under his wing.

Fei gifted Heng with a demon-vanquishing sword and taught him how to use the weapon. The diligent disciple eventually became a skilled swordsman.

One day, Fei warned Heng of impending danger on the ninth day of the ninth month – when the demon was expected to return. He advised his student to return to his hometown to lead people to safety. Heng was said to have flown on the back of a Manchurian crane, armed with cornelian cherries and chrysanthemum wine.

Upon his return, Heng led his people up a mountain and gave them the wine and each the leaf of a cornelian cherry, which they tied to their arms.

When the clock struck noon, the demon returned but stopped at the foot of the mountain, distracted by the scent of the cherries and wine. At this moment, Heng came charging down and killed the demon with his sword.

The festival commemorates the date of this event and Heng’s exploits.

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.

Unlike other festivals, there is no particular food for Chung Yeung in Hong Kong. In mainland China, the festival revolves around longevity, so people celebrate the day with auspicious foods, including chrysanthemum-infused liquor – also known as ‘wine of longevity’ – which people drink in hopes of slowing the ageing process. They also eat steamed cakes made from rice flour and sugar, to symbolise moving to a higher status in life.

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