Monday, October 30, 2006

Today is the ninth day on the ninth month of the lunar calendar, or 重阳节.

The Chinese would take a trip to the mountains on this day, as the weather has cooled, the chrysanthemum blooming, and it is suitable for trekking and exercise. A trip to a high tower may also suffice. Much poetries and couplets would be created on this day. They would also partake in nine-layered cakes made into the shape of towers. Chrysanthemum may be worn, hung at windows or exchanged as gifts.

The Japanese also celebrate this festival, with chrysanthemum being admired, celebrated, drunk as wine, or offered to the dieties to pray for longevity. The flowers may be brought home as a decoration, and put into pillows when dried, to promote sleep and cure headaches. Posted by Picasa


At 9:03 am, Blogger auntie p said...

The cakes are too pretty to eat!

At 12:14 pm, Blogger CatDonna & Cats said...

Wow. I had no idea.

All I know is round about this time every year, the Taoist temple across the road where I live gets REALLY festive. And the roads around my area will be jammed.

Lotsa people milling around, and many many lion and dragon dancers.

I was afraid of the lions and dragons when I was a child. :)


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