在我国，每年农历九月九就是重阳节(The Double Ninth Festival)，又称“老人节”，也是中国传统四大祭祖的节日 。
The 9th lunar month, with the clear autumn sky and bracing air, is a good time for sightseeing. So people, both ancient and present, love to go sightseeing this month.
Apart from expelling bad luck and disasters, climbing mounting also indicates “climbing to a higher position”, and it is also an important reason why ancient people pay much attention to this custom. Another reason that climbing mountains are valued by people, especially by the elderly is that it has a meaning of “climb to a longevous life”. Also, for this reason, people believe that climbing mountains can make people live a more longevous life.
It is really refreshing to climb mountains and enjoy the beauty of nature at this bright and clear time in autumn. Climbing mountains on Double Ninth Festival was already prevailing in the Tang Dynasty, and a lot of poems were devoted to this custom.
Though the name of "Gao" started from the Six Dynasties, the cakes had already existed in the Han Dynasty, which was called "Er" in China at that time. It is made of rice flour, which is classified into two types: paddy rice flour and millet rice flour. In September, the millet is ripe. It is regarded as the food just in season, which is offered to ancestors as sacrifices.
In China, "gao(cake)" has the same pronunciation with "gao(height)". Mountains are high, so eating cake can, by a stretch of the imagination, take the place of going for the Double Ninth Cake, but super cakes will have as many as nine layers, like a tower.
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 organized during which people search to renew their appreciation of nature and to reaffirm their love and concern for family members and close friends.
Chrysanthemum originated in China and was recorded in some Chinese books as early as the 5th century B.C. Chrysanthemum blossom in the ninth lunar month has a beautiful name of “flower of longevity”.
The chrysanthemum flower wine is unique in brewing. In ancient times，people usually picked fresh chrysanthemum flowers and leaves on the 9th of the 9th lunar month, and brewed the mixture of them and grains into the wine, which would not be drunk until the same day next year. The wine is said to have wholesome effects on the sharpness of the eye, alleviation of headache, drop of hypertension, reduction of weight, and removal of stomach trouble, thus contributing to longevity. It is said that the drinkers of the chrysanthemum wine would be free from evil and have a strong physique against cold weather.
The dogwood is a species of evergreen arbor; it is a heavy-scented plant whose fruit is edible and stock and leaves can be medicinal materials. They can expel insects, get rid of the humidity, help digestion, and cure inner heat. It puts out purple flowers in spring and bears, in autumn, purplish-brown fruit that is sour, puckery, and mild in nature.
Paper Crane is just a kite. According to our traditions and customs, flying kites usually happen at the Qing Ming Festival. But Tomb Sweeping Festival is during the rainy season which obviously is not suited for flying a kite, while Double Ninth Day owns clear autumn sky and crisp air making kite flying the best outdoor activity.
To the Tune of Intoxicated Under the Shadow of Flowers
Light mists and heavy clouds,
melancholy the long dreary day.
In the golden censer
the burning incense is dying away.
It is again time
for the lovely Double-Ninth Festival;
The coolness of midnight
penetrates my screen of sheer silk
and chills my pillow of jade.
After drinking wine at twilight
under the chrysanthemum hedge,
My sleeves are perfumed
by the fragrance of the plants.
Oh, I cannot say it is not endearing,
Only, when the west wind stirs the curtain,
I see that I am more gracile
then the yellow flowers.