Top 10 Things to Know about Qixi Festival

As we all know, Chinese Valentine's Day is Qixi Festival, which happens on the seventh day of the seven month in Chinese lunar month. So it is also called the Double Seventh Festival in China. The 2021 Qixi Festival will happen on August 14th, 2021 on Saturday in China. It was a festival to celebrate the legend lovers of Zhinu(a traditional weaver girl) and Niulang(cowherd). It is said that the Qixi Festival was celebrated since Han Dynasty, which is more than 2,600 years ago. Read more about Chinese traditional festival.

#One: What is Qixi: Qixi is the Chinese Valentine's Day happens in the seventh day of the seventh month of Chinese lunar month. It is also called the Double Seventh Festival in China. In some China's countrysides in Guangxi, the day of Qixi is not a traditonal festival. It is a day of remembering the ancestors or the family members that passed away in the same year.

#Two: It's a story about a Chinese weaver girl and a cowherd: In China's ancient history, most girls are weaving at home while their husband working in the field with their buffaloes. The festival was derived from worship of the natural astrology. It is the birthday of the seventh elder sister in the traditional significance. It is called "Qixi Festival" because of the worship of the seventh elder sister held on the seventh night of the seventh lunar month. Gradually, people celebrated for the romantic legend of two lovers, Zhin├╝ and Niulang, who were the weaver girl and the cowherd, respectively. The tale of The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl has been celebrated in the Qixi Festival since the Han dynasty. The earliest-known reference to this famous myth dates back to over 2600 years ago, which was told in a poem from the Classic of Poetry.

#Three: Origin of the Qixi Festival: The general tale is a love story between Zhin├╝ (the weaver girl) and Niulang (the cowherd). Niulang was an orphan who lived with his brother and sister-in-law. He was often abused by his sister-in-law. They eventually kicked him out of the house, and gave him nothing but an old cow. One day, the old cow suddenly spoke out, telling Niulang that a fairy will come, and that she is the heavenly weaver. It said the fairy will stay here if she fails to go back to heaven before morning. In accordance with what the old cow said, Niulang saw the beautiful fairy and fell in love with her, then they got married.

The emperor of heaven found out about this and was furious, so he sent minions to escort the heavenly weaver back to heaven. Niulang was heartbroken and decided to chase after them. However, the Queen Mother of the West drew a Silver River (The Milky Way) in the sky and blocked his way. Meanwhile, the love between Niulang and the weaver moved the magpie, and they built a bridge of magpies over the Silver River for them to meet. The Emperor of Heaven was also moved by the sight, and allowed this couple to meet on the Magpie Bridge once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. That was the origin of the Qixi Festival.[

#Four: What to eat on Qixi Festival: The eating customs of Qixi Festival vary from place to place, and it is called eating Qiao food. The most famous traditional food people eat on Qixi Festival is Qiao Guo. The main material is flour, oil and honey, sometimes adding sesame, peanuts, kernels, roses and other different ingredients. After mixing those ingredients, they are then deep-fried. Qiao Guo has a history of more than one thousand years since it became popular during the Song Dynasty. Beyond that, people would eat crunchy candy, refreshments and fruits together, expressing the people's pursuit of ingenuity, family health, happy life wishes.

#Five: Qixi is not Valentine's Day in some Rural Areas of China: In Guangxi China, Qixi is not a valentine's Day. It is a day to remember or sacrificed to the relatives or family members who passed away in this year. They will burn paper clothers or paper money for their love ones who passed away in the same year. They don't celebrate the festival as in the city do. It is a bit sad day that day. So it is so different between the city and the countryside of Guangxi. Read more top cities in Guangxi.

#Six: There will be a month for Mid-Autumn Day after Qixi: When it comes to Qixi, People are getting ready to welcome the Mid-Autumn Day on the 15th of the 8th month of Chinese lunar month. Mid-autumn Festival is one of the most important festivals in China. Most Chinese people eat mooncakes on that day and they will go back hometown to celebrate with their family. Read more about the food they eat on Mid-autumn Festival.

#Seven: Qixi is near the Ghost Festival: In China's rural areas, the date of Qixi festival is near the date of the Ghost Festival which will happen 7 days after the Qixi Festival. And the Ghost festival is always happening on 14th or 15th day of the Seventh month of the lunar calendar. People in rurual areas will kill a duck then cook it to sacrifice the ancestors or passed aways. They will burn the paper clothes or paper money to sent to their passed aways. So it is also called the Ghost Festival.