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Public Holiday: Chung Yeung Festival

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Public Holiday: Chung Yeung Festival
The Chung Yeung Festival, also called the Double Ninth Festival, falls on the ninth day of the ninth month according to the lunar calendar. This year, it falls on October 10, giving Hong Kongers a long weekend (score!).

In a tradition similar to the Ching Ming Festival during the spring, families head off to cemeteries to care for their ancestor’s graves.

People also go hiking, a ‘lucky’ custom deeply rooted in a legend that stemmed from the Han dynasty (202BC – 220AD). According to legend, a man followed the warnings of a wise fortune-teller and took his family up into the mountains on the ninth day of the ninth month. When his family returned the next day, they found their village plundered and pillaged, and everyone slaughtered.

Click here to see where the best family-friendly hiking trails are in Hong Kong!

People also eat ‘ko’ cakes (‘ko’ meaning ‘high’ in Chinese) and drink chrysanthemum tea and wine.

Date: October 10, 2016
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