Chinese celebrate Day for the Elders


Falling on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, Chongyang Festival is also called the Double Ninth Festival. It is named as Chongyang Festival because according to the Chinese astrology, nine is a ‘Yang’ character meaning masculine or positive and ‘Chong’ in Chinese means double. As both the month and the day are nine, it got this name. To celebrate the day, people usually clime the mountains and enjoy Chrysanthemum, so the festival is also known as Height Ascending Festival or Chrysanthemum Festival. In China, nine has the similar pronunciation with the word meaning ‘forever’, symbolizing longevity.

On October 9, 2022, Hsuan Tsang Temple grandly held the Chong Yang ELDER’S DAY FESTIVAL event to celebrate the festival for the elderly according to Chinese customs. The event spread the feeling of respect, warmth and care of the society, and the deep friendship between the mainland Chinese and the overseas Chinese in India. Hsuan Tsang Temple also prepared gifts for each elder and organised a prayer for longevity. More than 100 elderly people and more than 200 guests and volunteers gathered together, praying for the health and longevity of the elderly in the world, and the safety and happiness of all living beings.

Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Zha Liyou said “Congratulations on the first such celebration since last three years, which was organized by community leaders from Tangra and Tiretta Bazzar and sponsored by the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata. Chinese community in Kolkata as the largest in India has been known for their various successful professions and dedication to quality. As a small community, they make their unique contribution to the social and economic development in West Bengal and play their unique role in bridging the two different cultures of India and China. In the years ahead, with improving and normalizing relations, the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata looks forward to working with the Chinese community to share its legacies to the world and demonstrate its new role in promoting modern day China‚Äôs culture.”

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