Chung Yeung Festival

The Chung Yeung Festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. Similar to the Ching Ming Festival in spring, the Chung Yeung Festival is when entire families congregate at cemeteries to engage in age-old practices of ancestor worship.

The legend of Chung Yeung Festival is that a soothsayer advised a man to take his family to the hill for the ninth day of the ninth moon. The man complied and he discovered the next day that all the inhabitants of his village have been slaughtered, while he and his family have been spared by leaving for the hills.

In Hong Kong, people do not only travel to the graves of their ancestors to show respect and perform cleansing rites, but it is also a popular day to hike to the city, as it’s believed this will bring good luck.

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