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Hello, guys, welcome! Today's topic is Double Ninth Festival in China. What is Double Ninth Festival? I will tell you, ok, let's begin!
1. 重阳节 (Chóngyáng jié) "Double Ninth Festival"
简单来说,重阳节就是敬老的节日。 (Jiǎndān lái shuō, chóngyáng jié jiùshì jìnglǎo de jiérì.) "Simply speaking, Double Ninth Festival is a day to respect the elderly."
2. 赏菊 (shǎng jú) "chrysanthemum viewing"
我们为什么会在重阳节赏菊呢? (Wǒmen wèishéme huì zài chóngyáng jié shǎng jú ne?) "Why do we do chrysanthemum viewing on Double Ninth Festival?"
Because I think, the chrysanthemum will bloom during this season, so we will do that.
3. 祭祖 (jì zǔ) "ancestor worship"
When I was a child, I always ask my mom why we do that. But now I know, because
祭祖的意义就是不要忘记祖先。 (Jì zǔ de yìyì jiùshì bùyào wàngjì zǔxiān.) "The meaning of ancestor worship is not to forget the ancestor."
请保佑我们全家,我给你上香了。(Qǐng bǎoyòu wǒmen quánjiā, wǒ gěi nǐ shàngxiāng le.)
4. 敬老 (jìnglǎo) "respect the elderly"
我想我们每天都应该去敬老,而不是光在重阳节这一天。 (Wǒ xiǎng wǒmen měitiān dū yīnggāi qù jìnglǎo, ér bùshì guāng zài chóngyáng jié zhè yītiān.) "I think we should respect the elderly every day, not only on Double Ninth Festival."
Why did we set this day as the day to respect the elderly? Because this day is on the ninth day of the ninth month, so in Chinese, nine means 九 (jiǔ), and it is also same pronunciation with 久 (jiǔ); this 九 (jiǔ) means “number nine,” and this 久 (jiǔ) means “keep longer; prolong”. So we use this 9 to respect that you can live longer.
5. 登山 (dēngshān) "mountain climbing"
登山是重阳节的传统习俗。 (Dēngshān shì chóngyáng jié de chuántǒng xísú.) "Mountain climbing is a traditional activity on Double Ninth Festival."
Why do we do that? At first, we climbed the mountain to avoid some disaster, so we climb the mountain. Climb to the top!
That's all for today! Today we learned several words related to the double ninth festival in China. Okay, guys, do you have some festival to respect the elderly in your country? Please comment below, let me know. And as always, don't forget to subscribe, ok! See you next time, bye-bye!

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