Chinese Double Seventh Festival (Qixi)
Because in the past it is a day especially for young girls to pray for dexterity in needlework and happy marriages, it is also known as the Young Girls' Day or Qiqiao (pray for intelligence and skills) Festival.
Fast Facts about Double Seventh Festival
|Chinese Name：||七夕节 Qīxī Jié|
|Alternative Names:||Qixi Festival, Qiqiao Festival, Chinese Valentine's Day, Young Girls' Day|
|Date:||July.7th (Chinese Lunar Calendar)|
|Festival Type:||Traditional Chinese Festival|
|Countries to Celebrate:||Areas where the Chinese people live and East Asian countries|
|Origin:||The worship to the nature in ancient times or the worship to the time and number|
|Traditions and Customs:||Worshiping the weaver girl to pray for wisdom; Lovers celebrate it by sending presents to each other and dining together|
Date of Double Seventh Festival
|Year||Date of Double Seventh Festival|
While, after knowing Zhinv had married Niulang, the God and Goddess flew into a rage. They ordered to capture Zhinv back to the heaven. When Niulan came back home and found his wife was taken by the God, he put on the ox's hide and bought his two children to chase after his wife. When he was about to chase her, the Goddess took out her hairpin and scratched a wide river in the sky to separate the two lovers. A Milky Way between them was formed blocking them to meet each other since then. Later, moved by their true love, the Goddess allowed them to meet each other once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. On the day, all the magpies in the world would fly up into the heaven to form a bridge for them to meet.
Traditions and Customs
As Zhinv is clever and handy, girls usually pray to Zhinv for wisdom, skills as well as happy marriages on the day. They usually put delicious food on desks to sacrifice her hoping to fulfill their dreams.
The traditions vary in different areas of China. For example, in southwestern part of China, painting their toenails and washing hair with tree sap are local customs. With these ways, they think they can be more beautiful and find a satisfied husband.
Today, the old customs of Qixi Festival have disappeared most. It has become a festival for lovers. They usually send presents and eat together to show their love that day.
More Traditional Chinese Festivals:
|十月 (Oct) 15初壹/1||16初二/2||17初三/3||18初四/4||19初五/5||20初六/6||21初七/7|
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