The Double Seven (or Qi Qiao Jie) Festival is one of the most romantic traditional festivals in China. Its most popular Chinese name is Qi Xi, which literally means "The Night of Sevens."
It falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar, and is also known as the Magpie Festival.
As the influence of the Western tradition increases in China in recent years and the Valentine's Day is known and celebrated by many, it is sometimes called the Chinese Valentine's Day due to it originating from the legend of the loyal love between Niulang (cowherd) and the immortal Zhinu (weaver girl).
Double Seven Traditions vary in different parts of China. In general, they are better kept in small towns and villages than in big cities. The Cultural Revolution contributed to the loss of many traditions, and many local Chinese governments have been trying to revive China's traditional culture in recent years by sponsoring and encouraging local festivals and celebrating activities.
A Western couple were married in the traditional Chinese wedding style on Qi Xi in An Hui Province
They also gather dew in the Qi Xi morning because it's said that the dew is the tears of Zhinu and Niulang. When the dew is applied to the face and hands, it makes your eyes see well and your hands quicker at what you do.
Do you have your Zhinu or Niulang in China? Get a Chinese Visa and air ticket to meet him or her. :)
The Chinese Spring Festival is the biggest holiday in China that lasts for 15 days, though workers normally have 3 days off. Here are more details.
Some people call it Pure and Bright Festival. Here are more details about this sad yet beautiful occasion.
A very auspicious day that is also called Height Ascending Day or Chongyang Festival.
It occurs on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, fun, exciting and full of meanings.
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