Qixi Festival

Qixi Festival

Double Seventh Festival
Qixi Festival, the Chinese Valentine’s Day, falls on August 25, 2020. It is also Young Girl’s Festival for them to pray for skillful hands for sewing. There is no holiday for this festival.

Falling on the seventh day of seventh lunar month, the Qixi Festival, also known as Double Seventh Festival, is what Valentine's Day to the western countries. As it is a day of great importance to girls, the event is also called Young Girls' Festival and Qiqiao Festival, literally meaning the Ingenuity-Begging Festival. Because of the beautiful legend about Niu Lang and Zhi Nu, the festival has been endowed with the meaning of great romance.

 See also Why is Chinese Valentine’s Day Called Qiqiao Festival?

Double Seventh Festival
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Its schedule in recent years is showed in the following table.
Year Date of Qixi Festival
2019 August 7
2020 August 25
2021 August 14
2022 August 4
2023 August 22
2024 August 10
As one of the Chinese four folk legends concerning love, the legend of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu features the Qixi Festival.

It is said that Niu Lang was a cowboy who had a kind heart even though he was without living parents. Living with his brother and brother-in-law, he was maltreated. One day, after having been driven out of his home, an old man (in fact a supernatural being), guided him to the sick cattle from heaven. With great care from Niu Lang, the cattle recovered. In order to show gratitude to Niu Lang, the cow helped him get acquainted with Zhi Nu - a fairy from the heaven. They fell in love with each other and married to live a happy life with Niu Lang planting in the field while Zhi Nu did weaving at home. They were also magically given a boy and a girl. However, good times didn't last long because Zhi Nu's deeds were known by the king of the heaven who took her back to heaven. With the cow's help, Niu Lang flew to heaven along with his two children as they chased their wife and mother. It was just at that moment before he could reach Zhi Nu that the queen of the heaven created a huge river between them. Tears from the two flowed continuously so that even the queen was moved. As a result, she allowed them to meet only on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month every year.

Therefore, the day that Niu Lang and Zhi Nu meet is the present Qixi Festival.
While the customs of this festival varies according to the different regions, the same hope is cherished by all.

The most prevalent custom is that of girls praying to Zhi Nu for skillful hands for sewing. Because Zhi Nu is regarded as a beautiful woman deft at weaving, in the evening of the festival, girls sew some articles to compete with each other and prepare some delicious fruits to worship Zhi Nu in order to be endowed with the masterly sewing skill. Not only hoping for this skill, they also pray to have a sweet love.

In the rural regions, people usually see the meeting of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu as two stars in the sky. At the same time, the old people tell the young about this old love legend. Unfortunately, this is not popular in cities nowadays.

Today's Qixi Festival

In the Chinese cities, the Western Valentine's Day is more favored than the Qixi Festival by young people. They spend the latter as the Valentine's Day. Although some traditional customs have been changed or been lost, the legend of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu is still passed down from generation to generation. Like the presents of Valentine's Day, flowers and chocolates are also the popular ones.

Whatever way the festival is spent, great love is expressed between the young.

 Further Reading:
Chinese Valentine’s Day Gifts - 5 Secret Gifts in Ancient Time 

How many Valentine’s Days are there in China? Amazingly Three!

10 Traditional Qixi Festival Foods

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- Last modified on Aug. 28, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Qixi Festival
Asked by Kathryn Woehler from UNITED STATES | Aug. 24, 2017 14:11Reply
What is the best way for two women friends to celebrate Qixi?
I am an old woman. What can I do for a fourty year old woman and her twenty year old daughter who has no boyfriend?
Answers (3)
Answered by Steve from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 24, 2017 20:49

Actually there's no specific celebrating ways nowadays even in China. Anyway, you can have a big dinner together. If wanting to surprise your daughter, prepare a bunch of roses or a box of chocolate for her. Also you may tell her about the ancient legend of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu.
Answered by Kathryn Woehler | Aug. 27, 2017 20:04

The site I used was from 2014 and I wasn't sure anyone would reply

Y'all responded so QUICKLY :-)
Great answers. Jiawen will be so surprised with a box of chocolates on Monday :-))
Answered by dean from JAPAN | Feb. 22, 2019 21:39

first make them intercourse
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