This write up tells you about the Chinese Valentine Day. You can enrich your knowledge by knowing more about Chinese Valentines Day history and also about Qi Qiao Jie.
Chinese Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the Seventh day of the Seventh Lunar month in the Chinese calendar. In China the Valentine’s Day is known by several names such as The Festival of the Double Sevens,Seven Sister’s Festival, Daughter’s Festival or Qi Qiao Jie, which meansThe Night of Sevens.
The Love Story
The Love Story associated with the Chinese Valentine’s Day is about the seventh daughter of the Emperor of Heaven who fell in love with a poor orphaned boy.
The story begins with a young boy, Niu Lang who was very handsome and good-looking but unfortunately poor.
Niu Lang lived with his elder brother and sister-in-law because his parents had passed away. His brother had inherited the house and the land of his father whereas Niu Lang owned only an old ox. He worked everyday on the farms with the ox so gradually people started calling him the cowherd. The ox with him was not any ordinary one but actually an immortal from the Heaven. The ordinary life that that ox was living on the earth was only result of the punishment given to him for making some mistakes in the heaven.
Niu Lang’s ox liked him very much so one day he said to him “You are a nice person. If you want to get married, go to the brook and your wish will come true.”
The cowherd went to the brook and there he saw seven beautiful ladies. They were actually seven daughters of the Emperor of Heaven and had come down from the Heaven to take a bath in the river. Niu Lang found the youngest daughter to be the most beautiful one and got fascinated by her flawless beauty. He secretly went there and took away the fairy clothes of the youngest daughter of the Emperor. Because of her missing fairy clothes the youngest daughter, Zhi Nu, could not fly back to the heaven along with her six sisters after taking the bath. So when she was alone there the cowherd appeared before her and proposed to return her fairy clothes only if she promised to marry him. The girl was also attracted towards the handsome cowherd so she coyly agreed to marry him. Soon both of them got married and during their happy married life they got two children.
One day, Niu Lang’s ox realized that his last day was near so he told the cowherd that he should keep his hide carefully as it would help him at the time of emergency.
Meanwhile in the Heaven the Emperor started missing Zhi Nu. Actually Zhi Nu was very good at handcrafting, especially weaving clothes so she was also called the “Weaving Maid”. The Emperor liked and appreciated her skill to weave clouds and rainbows very much. Without her he found the heaven not that beautiful as before. He realized that he wanted Zhi Nu back in the heaven therefore he sent his mother and Zhi Nu’s grandmother on earth to get her back.
When the grandmother was taking Zhi Nu back to the Heaven, Niu Lang saw them and immediately wore the ox hide, took both of his children in two bamboo baskets along with Zhi Nu’s old fairy clothes and chased his wife and her grandmother in the sky. The grandmother did not want the two lovers to meet therefore she made a milky way in the sky with her hairpin to keep them separate forever. As a result the Seventh princess, Zhi Nu, was moved to the star Vega (The swooping – Eagle) in the Lyra (Harp) constellation whereas the cowherd, Niu Lang along with his two children stayed in the star Altair (Flying one) in the Aquila (Eagle) constellation. The star of Vega is also called the “Weaving Maid Star” after the name of the Seventh daughter of the Emperor and the star of Altair is called the “Cowherd Star” in China after the poor cowherd.
Somehow the mother took pity on the lovers and they were allowed to meet once a year on the 7th day of 7th lunar month. The popular belief is that on this specific day the magpies that were moved by the true love of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu gather and form a bridge with their wings for the lovers to meet each other.
If it rains in the night of the Chinese Valentine’s Day then it is believed that these are basically the tears of the Weaving Maid and Cowherd that are falling from the sky in the form of rain.