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All about Qixi Festival! Love is in the air!
BY 2019-08-07 08:53:28

(DALIANNEWS)- Hey friends! Have you noticed the roses, candies and romantic gifts are everywhere in the shopping malls recently? A special day is coming! 


What day is it exactly? It is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day, or Qixi Festival!



Why is it called Qixi?

“Qi” means seven in Chinese, and “Xi” means night in Chinese, so “Qixi” means the night of the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.


Are you familiar with the love story behind this special day? Let’s find out!


Falling on the seventh day of the seventh Chinese lunar month, Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day or the Double Seventh Festival, is the most romantic one among all traditional Chinese festivals. 


It originates from a love story between the cowherd named Niulang(牛郎) and the weaver girl named Zhinü (织女) in the Chinese mythology. Their love was not allowed by Zhinü’s mother, a powerful goddess, and thus they were banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way. However, their strong love moved the hearts of the magpies, which flew up to heaven to form a bridge over the Milky Way so that they could meet. Seeing this, the goddess was also moved by their love and allowed them to meet each other on that day (the seventh day of the seventh lunar month) once a year.


The day is also known as Qiqiao Festival, or Begging for Skills Festival. During China's Han Dynasty, women would gather together on this day to pray for good needlework skills because sewing was considered one of the most important domestic skills for marriage at that time. 


Nowadays it’s still a popular festival for everyone in China! Whether you have your sweet heart or not, you may feel the romantic atmosphere everywhere in the air. 


Here’s something which can get you in the mood to love this festival!


People often plan their special dates around locations where it is easy to gaze at the stars Altair and Vega which reprsent Niulang and Zhinü in the night sky. In addition, handmade scarves and hats are popular gifts for this festival. Other gifts such as a bunch of roses, a box of chocolate and a romantic candlelit meal will also leave a sweet memory for the lovers. Maybe it sounds a little bit cliche, but who doesn’t love an excuse for a romantic date with someone special?


As today is the Qixi Festival, we’d like to conclude our article with a love poetry written by Qin Guan, a poet in Song Dynasty. 


鹊桥仙

秦观 宋

纤云弄巧,飞星传恨,银汉迢迢暗渡。

金风玉露一相逢,便胜却人间无数。

柔情似水,佳期如梦,忍顾鹊桥归路。

两情若是久长时,又岂在朝朝暮暮。


Immortals at the Magpie Bridge

Translated by Xu Yuanchong

Clouds float like works of art,

Stars shoot with grief at heart.

Across the Milky Way the Cowherd meets the Maid.

When Autumn's Golden Wind embraces Dew of Jade,

All the love scenes on earth, however many, fade.

Their tender love flows like a stream;

Their happy date seems but a dream.

How can they bear a separate homeward way?

If love between both sides can last for aye,

Why need they stay together night and day?



Anyway, enjoy the Qixi Festival!


(Editor:Grace) (From:DALIANNEWS)
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