Palace painting records observation of the Double Ninth Festival

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Appreciating Chrysanthemums on the Double Ninth Festival, one of the painting leafs of the album Noble Ladies’ Relaxed Life under the Moon, by Chen Mei (c.1694-1745), ink and color on silk, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), from the collection of the Palace Museum [Photo/]

How did ancient people celebrate the Double Ninth Festival? As chrysanthemums bloomed in abundance in golden autumn, many people, whether literati or commoners would gather together to display their carefully cultivated chrysanthemums. Everyone engaged in the elegant tradition of appreciating chrysanthemums in the appealing autumn scenery.

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