Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Happy Chinese Valentine's Day 2016 - Qixi Festival

Falling on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, the Chinese Valentine's Day is associated with an interesting love story. The festival is also known by the name of "Qi Xi", the literal meaning of which is "The Night of Sevens". On this day lovers are seen to be exchanging flowers, cards, chocolates and gifts as a token of love and affection. The Chinese Valentine Day has a Romantic legend associated with it. It revolves around the love story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu. We have provided below a list of gift items which will help you in choosing the perfect baby shower gifts.

Though the celebration is quite different from the usual Valentine’s Day it is however, celebrated with the same zeal:
  • Chinese girls engage themselves in craft making demonstrating their skills in domestic arts.
  • This stands as a representation of Zhinu who was an expertise in the field of craft making. Unmarried women pray for luck in their love life. 
  • Lovers visit the Temple of Matchmaker on this day to pray for happiness and success in their love life. Apart from this lovers are seen to exchange gifts, flowers, cards and chocolates.

The Chinese Valentine's Day 2016

2016 Chinese Valentine's Day is on August 9, 2106. Chinese Valentine's Day is on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar. Therefore, it is also called Chinese Double Seven Festival. The formal name in Chinese is call Qi-Xi. Qi means seven. Qi means night. Another name using in the Chinese history is The Daughter's Festival, which is the day for unmarried young girls looking for love.

On the Chinese Valentine's Day, people in love like to go to the temple of Matchmaker and pray for their love and the possible marriage in China. People still single will do the same thing to ask their luck of love in the Matchmaker temple.

The Chinese Valentine's Day is also called The Daughter's Festival. Long ago, Chinese girls always wanted to train themselves having a good handcrafting skill like the Weaving Maid. The skill is essential for their future family. On that night, the unmarried girls may pray for the Weaving Maid star to let them become smarter. When the star Vega is high up in the sky, girls do a test, which is to put a needle on the water surface. If the needle doesn't sink, then girl is already smart enough and ready to find a husband. Girls may ask for any wish, but only one per year.

In some Chinese provinces, people believe that decorating the flowers on the ox's horn on the Chinese Valentine's Day enables to prevent from the disaster. On the night of Valentine's Day, women wash their hair to give it a fresh and shiny outlook. Children wash their face in the next morning of the Valentine's Day using the overnight water in their backyards to have a much more naturally beautiful appearance. Girls throw the five-color ropes, made at Chinese Dragon Boat festival, on the roof for magpies. Magpies will carry ropes to build the bridge.

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Qixi Festival

The reunion of the couple of The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd on the bridge of magpies. Artwork in the Long Corridor of the Summer Palace in Beijing

The Qixi Festival (Chinese: 七夕節), also known as the Qiqiao Festival (Chinese: 乞巧节), is a Chinese festival that celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology. It falls on the seventh day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar. It is sometimes called the Double Seventh Festival, the Chinese Valentine's Day, the Night of Sevens, or the Magpie Festival.

The festival originated from the romantic legend of two lovers, Zhinü and Niulang, who were the weaver maid and the cowherd, respectively. The tale of The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd has been celebrated in the Qixi Festival since the Han Dynasty. The earliest-known reference to this famous myth dates back to over 2600 years ago, which was told in a poem from the Classic of Poetry. The Qixi festival inspired Tanabata festival in Japan, Chilseok festival in Korea, and Thất Tịch festival in Vietnam.