Chinese Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, including China.

In China, there are so many different festivals already, and a lot of western festivals are also celebrated in China, personally I think it is a reflection of the Chinese hospitable culture that people love to take any opportunity to get together and have a good time.

Did you know there is also a Chinese Valentine’s Day, which is on the seventh night of the seventh lunar month, and people call it the double seventh night.

Once upon a time, there was a very talented weaving maid living in the Heavenly Palace, and she wove beautiful clothes for the Queen Mother of the Western Heaven every day.

On earth there lived a cowherd who led a rather miserable life. He had only one companion – an old ox.

The weaving maid fell in love with the cowherd because he was so hardworking. She went down to the world and married him secretly. Later she gave birth to a boy and a girl, and the family lived happily together.

Soon the Queen Mother of the Western Heaven found out and she was furious, and she ordered troops from the heaven to capture the weaving maid. The heavenly force caught the weaving maid, and the cowherd chased after them on the back of the old ox, while holding their two children.

The Queen Mother of the Western Heaven plucked a gold hairpin from her hair and drew a line with it in the air. Suddenly a celestial river appeared in the sky. The cowherd and the weaving maid were separated by the river.

The weaving maid was so sad that she couldn’t wave anymore, and she begged the Queen Mother to let her go back to her family, and eventually the Queen Mother agreed to let them meet once a year. On the seventh night of the seventh lunar month, the magpies fly to the river and form a bridge over it, so that the cowherd and the weaving maid can meet in the middle of the bridge.

On that night, women who are learning to wave would pray to the weaving maid to pass them the skill, and they also rejoice at the couple’s reunion. And magpie is a symbol of good luck and happiness, if you see one magpie, it means you’ll get one good luck, if you see two magpies, it means you’ll get double lucks, and if you see a group of magpies, it means something really big and happy will happen to you.

 

 
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