JAPAN: Chrysanthemum Festival

Today is the Chrysanthemum Festival in Japan!

Also known as Chōyō, it is the last of the five ancient sacred festivals marking the changing of the seasons. It is common practice to climb a mountain, drink chrysanthemum liquor, and wear a chrysanthemum or zhuyu plant on this day to ward off danger and evil. Each year, it falls on the ninth day of the ninth month – today!

Japanese chrysanthemum flower festivals, kiku matsuri

The Chrysanthemum: Flower of Emperors

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