Time of Chinese Valentine’s Day
Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. It is also known as Double-Seventh Day or Qixi Festival. Looking up at the sky this day, you will find the romance is going on in the dark blue.
Origin of Chinese Valentine’s Day
The Double-Seventh Day is a day commemorated for weaving girl who is good at doing weaving. It’s a day for female. Zhi’nv is regarded as a WEAVING GODNESS, females in folk pray to her not only for intelligence and skills, but a happy marriage. The activities are various from place to place, the most famous is ‘thread a needle’, that is, the fastest one can get intelligence and skills, loser have to send a gift to the winner. Other activities include worship Vega, celebration for cows, etc. Gradually, the Double-Seventh Day was spread to some of Southeast Asia countries and South Korea and Japan.
Legend of Chinese Valentine’s Day
In the east of the Milky Way, there is the Star Vega that is believed the weaving girl. And in the west side, there is constellation of Aquila that is the cowboy waiting for his wife. The weaving girl is the youngest daughter in the seven of the Queen of the Heaven. Together with her sister, she worked so hard to weave the colorful clouds in the sky, whereas the cowboy led a poor and lonely life with an old ox.
Traditions of Chinese Valentine’s Day
There are quite a good number of traditions associated with Chinese Valentines Day.
You will find many Chinese girls preparing melons and fruits to offer prayers to Zhi Nu in order to find a better match for them. Some girls even place needles on the water and if the needle does not sink, the girl is believed to be mature enough to find a husband.
The old people of China will also ask you to stand under a grapevine. Then you can hear what Zhi Nu and Niu Lang are conversing to each other.