Chinese Valentine’s Day BY LEI JING


Chinese Valentine’s Day


The seventh day of the seventh lunar month, Qixi Festival, saying it was the most romantic day, it is called Chinese Valentine’s Day in China, behind which there was a beautiful folklore.

It is said that a long time ago, there was a cowherd called, Niu Lang. One day his yellow ox said to him,“The weaving-girl in heaven and her sisters are coming to the nearby river for a bath. If you take her dress away, she will become your wife.”So he went and took away the weaving-girl’s dress after she and her sisters went to bathe in the river. She really did follow the cowherd to his home, married him, gave birth to a son and a daughter, and lived happily with him.  However ,  her mother in the Heavenly Palace was angry and sent troops to take her back. Furthermore, she drew a river barrier,  better know as the Milky Way, to separate her daughter from the cowherd. The couple could only gaze at each other from opposite sides of the river. The cowherd turned to become Altair and the weaver, Vega. Their faithfulness moved a big flock of magpies and they lined up one day to form a bridge over the Milky Way. Thanks to the magpie  bridge ,  the two lovers were able to meet again. It was the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Since that day, the same day every year has become an occasion of festivity for those in love. It is called , Qixi, which literally means the seventh evening.