China’s Valentine’s Day — Qixi Festival
Qixi Festival is the seventh day of seventh month by the lunar calendar, known as the China’s Valentine’s Day. On May 20th, 2006, Qixi Festival was listed in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage by the State Council of China.
There is a romantic love story associated with Qixi. Once upon a time, there was a fairy named Zhinv who lived in heaven, fell in love with a cow herder named Niu Lang during her trip to earth. She decided to live an ordinary life with Niu Lang. However, it is not allowed to love between ordinary people and fairy gods. So they were punished by the heavenly gods and turned into stars, located on opposite sides of the galaxy, watching each other from impassable distance. They are only permitted to meet each other on the seventh day of seventh month each year.
Qixi Festival is based on the folklore of the cowherd and the weaver maid, expressing the Chinese people’s loyalty to love and abide by the commitment of both sides to love.