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The Double Ninth Festival

“If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums.”

~ Chinese Traditional

According to the I Ching, nine is a yang number; the ninth day of the ninth lunar month (or double nine) has too much yang (a traditional Chinese spiritual concept) and is thus a potentially dangerous date. Double Ninth may have originated as a day to drive away danger, but like the Chinese New Year, over time it became a day of celebration. In contemporary times it is an occasion for hiking and chrysanthemum appreciation. The Double Ninth Festival (Chung Yeung Festival in Hong Kong, Chōyō (Japanese: 重陽), Vietnamese: Tết Trùng Cửu), is observed on the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese calendar. 🏵️

Chrysanthemum Day  is one of the five ancient sacred festivals of Japan. It is celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th month in the Chinese Calendar.  This festival was  was started in 910, when the Japanese imperial court held its first chrysanthemum show. Chrysanthemums are the symbol of the Imperial House of Japan.

 

The Double Ninth Festival is also a traditional Chinese holiday with the same origins.   According to the I Ching, nine is a yang number; the ninth day of the ninth lunar month (or double nine) has too much yang (a traditional Chinese spiritual concept) and is thus a potentially dangerous date. 

 

Although originating as a day of customs to drive away danger, over time it became a day of celebration. In contemporary times it is an occasion for hiking and chrysanthemum appreciation. Most people drink chrysanthemum tea, while a few traditionalists drink homemade chrysanthemum wine. Children learn poems about chrysanthemums, and many localities host chrysanthemum exhibits. 

This tartan is one of a set of four in 'The Four Seasons' collection to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first treaty between Japan and the UK (1858) and the arrival of Thomas Blake Glover, the Scottish Samurai, in Nagasaki (1859).

For more about the Chrysanthemum Festival, click the chrysanthemums.