Butterfly_and_Chrysanthemums_by_Keisai_Eisen,_Honolulu_Museum_of_Art

Chrysanthemum has long been a symbol vitality and longevity in China. During the Han dynasty, people drank chrysanthemum wine during the Double Ninth Festival. This festival, still held on the ninth day and ninth month of the lunar calendar, celebrates the fall harvest and ancestors. As a fall blooming flower, chrysanthemum is a hardy plant that starts its life when most other plants are dying. In fall, it serves as a reminder to stay strong and full of life as the world begins to darken.