When Was Your Last Quality Time with Parents?
The Double Ninth Festival, also referred to as the Chong Yang Festival or the Senior’s Day , is a traditional folk holiday focused on good health and long life. But to me, it's more a festival of family's.
It takes place every year between October 1 and October 30 on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month. It falls on October 17 this year.
The Double Ninth Festival originates from a Han Dynasty tale about Hengjing, a young man who saves his village from a river monster feared to spread disease. After sending the villagers to a nearby mountain and steeled only with chrysanthemum and dogwood antidotes, Hengjing saves his village by defeating the monster in a brutal sword fight.
The Double Ninth Festival falls on a date with two yang numbers, positive and masculine where yin numbers are negative and feminine. Hence, Chong Yang translates literally to “double yang,” a reference to the energy imbalance needing to be brought back into harmony.
Double Ninth Festival Traditions
Whether to commemorate Hengjing’s heroism or to neutralize the double yang’s imbalance, Double Ninth Festival traditions focus on curatives, vibrancy and good health. While the holiday began as a day to protect against disease and danger, it’s become an opportunity to celebrate before the onset of winter.
1. Visit Elderly Relatives
China designated the Double Ninth Festival as Senior’s Day in 1989, a reference to the word for nine jiu, which also means long. You can visit your ancestors’ graves to clean and make offerings, or simply spend time with your elderly relatives.
2. Drink Chrysanthemum Tea
People drink chrysanthemum tea for its antioxidant properties, especially so on the Double Ninth Festival. If you want something a bit stronger in your cup, chrysanthemum wine will also accomplish the same trick.
3. Eat Chong Yang Cake
Admittedly, this one feels like a cheat. It’s a play on the word for cake gao, meaning high, which makes people feel like eating cake is a substitute for climbing a mountain. Hmm.
4. Go Mountain Climbing
Mountain climbing has long been believed to prevent disease and this activity references the villagers from the holiday’s creation story. Today, it’s a great opportunity to grab friends and relatives to enjoy the fall foliage.
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How long since your last quality time with your parents or grandparents? So why not seize this opportunity to spend more time with them having dinner, watching TV together or going outside for fun? When you grow old, you'll realize family would be everything.
“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family,” Jim Butcher said. We're not as great as your family, but we, Shanghai Renai Hospital would also like to stand by you and your parents for your good health. So we prepared you some gifts.
A Warm Gift from Renai
From October 12, 2018 to October 31, 2018, patients or their relatives who are or more than 50 years old would enjoy 1 time( Limit to the first 30 applicants)
1. A free consultation with Internist/Surgeon/Gynecology/T.C.M.
2. 80% off for all expenses except medication fee, 50% off for surgery fee （In the first time）
3, 50% off for all expenses except medication fee, 50% off for surgery fee （Follow up）
*Renai Hospital reserves the right of final explanation.
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