Lung Po Shan Chinese Memorial Gardens is committed to assisting Sydney’s Chinese community to celebrate the Chung Yeung or Chinese Double Ninth Festival each year.

The festival takes place on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This day is called “double nine” which traditionally was when residents were warned to evacuate to high mountains to avoid attacks from enemy or sickness. In the old days they would bring food, fruit, drink Chrysanthemum wine, and wear the Zhuyu plant. Both Chrysanthemum and Zhuyu are considered to have cleansing qualities.

Chung Yeung is a wonderful day for a family outing to Lung Po Shan Chinese Memorial Gardens, to worship the ancestors and place wishes on the wishing tree. During this time each family will have the opportunities to write their own wish words or to pick one from the lucky list and then cast towards the wishing tree.

The date usually falls towards the end of September or early October in the Australian calendar.

Eventually this Double-9 activity became an occasion for the whole family to take a long journey to worship their ancestors, a traditional custom of ancestral veneration and the belief that offerings should be made to them to provide for their needs in the afterlife.

In China and Hong Kong, Chung Yeung is a public holiday, with extended families heading to ancestral graves to clean them and repaint their inscriptions, and to lay out food offerings for their ancestors.

Lung Po Shan is glad to see this tradition carried on in Australia, with Chinese families bringing their younger generations to Lung Po Shan Memorial Gardens. They come with roast suckling pig, boiled chicken, fresh flowers, and incense to worship their ancestors, and we can see a lot of familiar faces year after years.

Special features at our Chung Yeung celebrations have included a Wishing Tree, dove releases, lion and dragon dances, joss sticks, the burning of offerings, blessings from Buddhist monks and other cultural activities. The celebrations are topped off with great food and music. Lung Po Shan also arranges for a free coach service to and from Strathfield train station to help make attending the festival easier.

Chung Yeung is an ancient Chinese holiday which is more than 2,000 years old. Each year families visit their loved ones’ graves to perform cleansing rituals and pay their respects.

Special guests are often in attendance, including local, state and federal politicians as well as leading members of the Chinese community.

Lung Po Shan is a tranquil oasis where families can celebrate the lives of their ancestors while undertaking traditional Chung Yeung pastimes such as burning joss sticks and offerings of paper money.

农历九月九日,为传统的重阳节。因为古老的《易经》中把“六”定为阴数,把“九”定为阳数,九月九日,日月并阳,两九相重,故而叫重阳,也叫重九,古人认为是个值得庆贺的吉利日子,并且从很早就开始过此节日。人们会在重阳的这一天和亲人一起登高并插茱萸并相信这可以驱邪治病。同时,重阳节这一天也是中华传统的祭祖的日子,在浙江、福建、台湾、新加坡等不少地方,人们会在九月九日备猪羊祭祖,又称之为“秋祭”。

今天的重阳节,被赋予了新的含义,在1989年,中国把每年的九月九日定为老人节,传统与现代巧妙地结合,成为尊老、敬老、爱老、助老的老年人的节日。在澳洲的老人们也会春游赏景,让身心沐浴在大自然的怀抱里;不少家庭的晚辈特别为老人准备一些可口的饮食,以此表达一片孝心。

龙宝山在每年的重阳节会有相应的庆祝活动,往届活动包括许愿树,放生鸽子,舞龙舞狮等,并会提供膳食及音乐以招待参加庆祝的人。

在重阳节龙宝山会安排大巴车接送以方便大家参加活动以及祭祀,大巴起点站为Strathfield、Hurstville、Eastwood,并且当天在Blacktown火车站也会有专车定时往返以方便没有赶上大巴车的客人。

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