The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. It usually falls in October in the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number "6" was thought to be of Yin character, meaning feminine or negative, while number "9" was thought to be Yang, meaning masculine or positive. So the number nine in both month and day create the Double Ninth Festival, or Chongyang Festival. Chong in Chinese means "double." Also, as double ninth was pronounced the same as the word to signify "forever", both are "Jiu Jiu," the Chinese ancestors considered it an auspicious day worth celebration. That's why ancient Chinese began to celebrate this festival long time ago.
The custom of ascending a height to avoid epidemics was passed down from long time ago. Therefore, the Double Ninth Festival is also called "Height Ascending Festival". The height people will reach is usually a mountain or a tower. Ancient literary figures have left many poems depicting the activity. Even today, people still swarm to famous or little known mountains on this day.
Dear Tony，Chongyang，the traditional Chinese festival for the elderly，is coming around.We are planning to visit the Nursing Home to celebrate the speeial day， and we would like to invite students from your school to join us.…
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We have planned several activities. When we get there，we will visit the elderly in their rooms in groups，presenitng them with flowers and self-made cards to show our respect and love. Then we will do some cleaning and washing for them with the help of the nurses.
As some old people feel lonely. We may chat with them about their old days， changes of our city， or anything they are interested in. We may also give them some performanees： singing，daneing，and so on.
I am sure we will both gain a better understanding of the elderly in China. If you have any suggestions，please let us know.
The "Chong Yang Festival" is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month， and it is as such known as the Double Ninth Festival.
Origins：The festival began as early as the Warring States Period (475 - 221 BC)。 According to the yin/yang dichotomy that forms a basis to the Chinese world view， yin represents the elements of darkness and yang represents life and brightness. The number nine is regarded as yang. The ninth day of the ninth month is a double yang day， hence the name "Chong Yang Festival". (Chong means "repeat" in Chinese.) The ninth month also heralds the approach of winter. It is a time when the living need warm clothing， and filial Chinese sons and daughters extended this to make the festival a time for providing winter clothes for their ancestors. The Double Ninth Festival， therefore， also became an occasion to visit the graves of dead family members. Clothes made of paper would then be burnt as offerings.
Climbing mountains：On the Double Ninth Festival， people customarily climb mountains， appreciate chrysanthemum flowers， drink chrysanthemum wine， and eat double-ninth cakes. The Double Ninth Festival is also the "Old Men Festival". Old people are especially meant to improve their health by taking part in the activities on the day of the festival.
Family get-togethers：The Double Ninth Festival is also a time for family get-togethers. It is an occasion to remember one's ancestors， the sacrifices they made and the hardships they underwent. Often， family outings are organised during which people search to renew their appreciation of nature and to reaffirm their love and concern for family members and close friends.