On October 14 (the Double Ninth Festival in the lunar calendar), the 2021 memorial ceremony in honor of Yellow Emperor, hosted by the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, took place in the Yellow Emperor Temple in Sendo Mountain, Jinyun County.
At 9:50 a.m., the master of ceremonies announced the ceremony officially started. All participants stood at attention as the 9 trumpeters opened the ceremony with the solemn and loud sound of 5 trombones, followed by 34 drums and 15 bells, representing the reverence of 34 provinces, municipalities directly under the Central Government, autonomous regions, special administrative regions and 1.5 billion Chinese people at home and abroad for the ancestor to Chinese humanities, Yellow Emperor.After the officiant washed his hands, he burned incense, presented flower and wine and read the ritual text to Yellow Emperor in turn. Then all participants bowed three times to the Emperor. The entire ceremony ended with magnificent singing of carols and music and dance.
The 2021 memorial ceremony in honor of Yellow Emperor in Sendo, China was held under the theme of“We worship the ancestors together, and the prosperity binds us together”. In the light of the current prevention and control of COVID-19, the ceremony was conducted through a combination of“online and offline” activities. We will also promote the online platform of the ceremony, and encourage Chinese people from every corner of the globe to engage in interactive activities such as flower offerings and blessings on the Internet.
More than 300 people, including Taiwan compatriots, overseas Chinese, representatives from all walks of life took part in the ceremony. Chinese people watching the ceremony on live video from home and abroad have actively participated in the online platform.
In China, Jinyun County is the only county named after Yellow Emperor’s name “Jinyunshi”. It is the “Southern China Yellow Emperor Ritual Center”, “Southern China Yellow Emperor Culture Radiation Center” and “Southern China Yellow Emperor Culture Research Center”. According to expert testimony, the worship of the Yellow Emperor in Sendo began in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, which has a history of more than 1600 years ago. In 1998, Jinyun County rebuilt the Yellow Emperor Temple in the style of prosperous Tang Dynasty and resumed the public ceremony of Yellow Emperor, and since then, every year, the ceremony is hosted by Lishui Municipal People’s Government or Jinyun County People’s Government. In 2011, the “Jinyun Yellow Emperor Memorial Ceremony” was included in the third batch of national intangible cultural heritage representative lists. As of 2014, it became a festival project approved by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council in Zhejiang. In July, the 2021, it was decided by the leading group of the National Cleanup and Standardization Ceremony Seminar Forum Activities that the organizer and host of the 2021 memorial ceremony in honor of Yellow Emperor in Sendo, would be the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, once a year. At this point, Zhejiang Jinyun County, Shaanxi Huangling County, Henan Xinzheng Country formed a joint memorial ceremony, the same level of the national pattern of Yellow Emperor memorial ceremony.
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