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on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, the
Chinese Valentines 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.
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Niu Lang a handsome orphaned boy worked on the field everyday with an old ox.
The ox is endowed with a magical power and with his help Niu Lang finds his soul mate who happens to be none other than the youngest and the most beautiful daughters of the Goddess of Heaven. It so happened that the seven sisters were bathing in a lake.
Niu Lang, encouraged by his friend the ox stole away their clothes. Zhinu the youngest sister was ordered to retrieve their clothing.
Niu Lang sought this opportunity and proposed marriage to Zhinu. Zhinu accepted the proposal, got married to him and bore two children.
However, just when happiness was seen to be in full bloom in their life, the furious Goddess of Heaven ordered Zhinu to return to heaven.
Niu Lang was very disheartened when Zhinu left him. With the help of the ox’s skin he went up to heaven to find his wife. When this was discovered by the Goddess she took out her hairpin and with it scratched a wide river in the sky forming the Milky Way, to separate the two lovers.
The magpies took pity on them and so once a year they fly to heaven to form a bridge to enable the lovers to meet and be together for a single night.
The star Vega on
the east of the Milky Way represents Zhi Nu and the constellation on the
west side of the Milky Way known as Aquila represents Niu Lang. It is
on this west side that Niu Lang waits for his lover to join him.
However there are certain variations in the story. Many are of the opinion that the Goddess of Heaven and the mother of Zhinu took pity on the lovers and allowed them to be reunited once a year.
Another legend has it that it was the Emperor of Heaven who was responsible for separating the two lovers because he wanted them to concentrate on their respective work rather than waste time on romance.
Chinese celebrates this day in myriad ways.
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.
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