27 Oct 2017
Chung Yeung Festival
A very important Chinese holiday….Chung Yeung
The Chung Yeung Festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. This year, it will be October 28th and remember it’s a public holiday.
Similar to the Ching Ming Festival in the spring, the Chung Yeung is when entire families gather at family burial plots practice age-old ancestor worship. The graves are swept and food left as an offering.
It is also tradition to hike to the city’s high points as it’s believed this will bring good luck. This goes back to a Han dynasty (202 BC to 220 AD) legend in which a soothsayer advised a man to take his family to high ground for the ninth day of the ninth moon. The man complied and the next day discovered that all the inhabitants of his village had been slaughtered, while he and his family had been spared by leaving for the hills.
The weather is very nice this time of year, so get out and enjoy this very special festival.