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 Double Seventh Day Has Nothing to Do With Love    

By Panda
3311 Views | 3 Comments | 8/4/2014 3:08:17 PM

the magpies build a rainbow bridge in the sky to let cowherd and the fairy have their annual meeting.

Today is the lunar July 7th, Gregorian calendar on August 2, 2014, is our Chinese traditional Qi Xi Festival(七夕节). This day is now generally called Double Seventh day (also called Seven Skillful Festival, Beg skillful festival, Seven Sisters Born, namely double seventh lunar month) as the Chinese valentine's day. It is said that on this day, the magpies build a rainbow bridge in the sky to let cowherd and the fairy have their annual meeting. Cowherd and the fairy is one of the four greatest Chinese legends in ancient China, so the Double Seventh Day is famous. It seems to be the festival of all lovers but it's actually not.

Although the Double Seventh Day commemorates the two protagonists, Niulang(牛郎)and Zhinv(织女)(Cowherd and the fairy), and it is about love, its specific content, custom, behavior is not big relations with ordinary lovers of the world. Qi Xi festival (Double Seventh Day) mainly is actually a day of women, especially girls.  Imagine the ingenuity of people back in the day to celebrate seven sisters born and offer a sacrifice unto the seven sisters. People will adorn the stairs with festoons and prepare seven-hole needles made of brass. They will thread needles for a five-color filament winding to the moon (namely begging skills乞巧). They will do needlework begging, try spider-responding skills, and cast needles to verify their skills and procedures, In addition, girls will worship Zhinv, dye their nails, wash their hair and participate in other activities, so the Double Seventh Day is also called the "Girl's Day"(女儿节,少女节,姑娘节).

It's more appropriate not to call Qi Xi the Chinese Valentine's Day, the origins of the Qi Xi festival, the story of Niulang and Zhinv, is a poignant love tragedy and was not in agreement with a happy romantic Valentine's Day. Inherited from the most ancient Chinese traditions in the deepest historical origins of Japan and South Korea with China, their Tanabata Festival has nothing to do with love. So don’t call Qi Xi festival the Chinese Valentine's Day, the experts don't agree with this interpretation and think this is just a superficial speculation.

In China, the real Valentine's Day is the Lantern Festival(元宵节). This is the viewpoint of experts generally. The Lantern Festival is also called the Shang Yuan Festival(上元节). Yuan evening(元夕), the small first month(小正月), is the first full moon evening of the New Year. It is the third largest festival in a year, second only to the New Year's eve of the Spring Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is more important than the Tomb-Sweeping Day, Dragon-Boat Festival, Double Ninth Day (Chung Yeung Festival), and the Ghost Festival (July 15 on the lunar calendar). It is also one of the most festive, lively, and romantic festivals: the streets are all decorated with lanterns and festoons, the country echoes with the sounds of gongs and drums, people play the dragon lion dance, and the skies are a blaze of fireworks.

According to authoritative sources," In traditional feudal society, the Lantern Festival parade was for unmarried men and women to get to know each other a little. The young girl was not allowed to go out freely, but could hang out together on this day. The Lantern Festival lanterns showed appreciation and singing and dancing was a chance for companionship. By the way, unmarried men and women through this time can find favorite objects for themselves. The young lovers do so at the same time; this is a good time to meet for sex, even adultery."

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#2014-08-03 14:23:22 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

I apologize to everyone, especially Cao Hui, for publishing this a day late. We tend to publish the blogs in the order they're received and generally, but not always, we try to publish one every 24 hours. unfortuately I did not read this in advance and was unaware that it was about "Chinese Valentines Day". However, it is interesting even if it is a day late.

#2014-08-03 15:11:12 by panda2009 @panda2009

It is a good time to publish today.

I'm a crow mouth. If you published it yesterday, maybe disturb many lovers' dreams and tune in the day.

I just like a detective, enjoy to find out something truth. That is the reason those unreal people hate me.

#2014-09-04 16:43:19 by Barry1 @Barry1


Hello Panda.

I just noticed this was your ONE HUNDREDTH blog article.

Congratulations are in order. Thank you so much for putting in such a huge effort - this is made even more memorable by the fact that English is your second language.

Well done indeed, Panda - this website would be much poorer without you! (dance)(beer)(f)(d)(clap)

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