Posted by Imperial Harvest on 20 October 2023
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According to ancient Chinese traditions, the Chong Yang Festival (重阳节), also known as the Double Ninth Festival, is a celebration of abundance, prosperity and longevity. This auspicious occasion, rooted in the teachings of the I Ching and other ancient texts, holds a deep significance in Imperial Feng Shui.
In 2023, the Chong Yang Festival commences on 23 October.
Known as the Book of Changes or Zhou Yi, the I Ching (Yi Jing, 易经) is an ancient Chinese classic text familiar to many Chinese metaphysics enthusiasts. This ancient manual is a cornerstone of classical Chinese literature, depicting intricate systems of philosophical thoughts, mathematical structures, and divination practices. According to principles explained by this Chinese classic, the number “6” corresponds to Yin energy, whereas “9” is associated with its counterpart, Yang. Additionally, the number, “9” is associated with longevity, eternity and imperial authority in Chinese metaphysics.
The festival, which falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, is marked by the doubling of Yang energies, denoted by the character “chong” (重) in its name.
The Chong Yang Festival is steeped in cultural traditions that have evolved over millennia, involving practices like viewing chrysanthemum trees in bloom, sipping chrysanthemum wine, and enjoying Chong Yang cakes. Another prominent tradition is ascending heights, emphasised by the Chinese idiom, “步步高升” — translating to “rise further with each step taken”. These auspicious customs invite good fortune and positivity, highlighting the significance of the initial first steps towards new heights in one’s career, business, and investment ventures.
Coinciding with the solar term, Qiufen (秋分), the Chong Yang Festival also celebrated a prosperous harvest season. Communities around dynastic China celebrated the harvest with various festivities, additionally conducting heavenly prayers in gratitude for the season’s bounty. These customs were vital to the season’s celebrations, and adhered to by the ruling elite, classes of high-ranking nobility and commoners alike.
Leading the imperial rites during the Chong Yang Festival, the emperor led a pilgrimage to Mount Tai, a sacred mountain believed to be closest to the Heavens — an indication that prayers offered there would be more readily answered. Upon reaching the mountain’s summit, the emperor performs a series of elaborate rites known as Feng Shan (封禪), offering prayers and tributes in gratitude to the Gods of Heaven and Earth.
According to records originating from the Eastern Han dynasty, the Feng Shan rites comprised two main rituals: building altars using the soil at the summit of Mount Tai to offer prayers to the God of Heaven, and clearing the land at the foot of the mountain to express gratitude to the God of Earth. These rites were designed to align the forces between Heaven, Earth, and Man and express gratitude for the year’s harvest.
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