The Ninth Lunar day of the Ninth Lunar month falls on October 17 this year. This is a special day for the ancient Chinese and still is for many today, as the number 9 is a special Yang number and it is often associated with the Emperor. Therefore, the Ninth Lunar Day in the Ninth Lunar month is considered to be a super Yang and auspicious date.
The Double Nine Festival’s main activity is focused on trekking or walking up hills or mountains. It is believed that people can improve their health by taking part in the trekking or walking activities on this day. For me, this is indeed interesting, as 99 in numerology is classified as a Master Number, and it is also sometimes described as the Eternal Master Number. There are also other information that suggest that walking up the hill or mountain on this day is a symbolic way of reaching new heights.
The Double Nine or the Cheung Yang Festival is more popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. It is not so widely celebrated in Singapore. I do not know why, but my guess is that it is probably due to the lack of hills and mountains here. With this in mind, if walking or treking on this day symbolically means reaching new heights, perhaps we can subsitute the mountains by walking up some of the tall buildings in Singapore. After all, in modern Feng Shui, we do substitute Mountains with Buildings. Just a practical thought. However, for those of you that really wish to walk up a hill in Singapore on October 17, you can always try Mount Faber or plan to go on a climbing trip! 😀
Happy Walking on then Double Nine Festival and Good Health to all!
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