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Qixi Festival

Aug 17, 2018
The seventh day of the seventh lunar month is Qixi Festival, also known as Star Festival, Qiqiao Festival, Double Seven, Fragrant Day, Lan Night, Daughter's Day or Seventh Anniversary. "Qixi Festival" originated from people's worship of natural sky. As early as in the "Book of Songs" era, people already had some understanding of the celestial phenomena of the  Altair Star and the Vega Star. In the Eastern Han Dynasty, there was a personal description: "Qixi the Vega Star cross the river and magpies make themselves as a bridge."
The Qixi Festival, which has written descriptions began in the middle of the Spring and Autumn Period, is a traditional cultural festival popular in China. According to legend, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month or the night of sixth day of the seventh lunar month, women in the courtyard plead for the intelligence of the Vega, so it was called "Qiqiao", originated from the worship of nature, and was later given the legend of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl to make it a symbol of love. On the Qixi Festival, women plead for the intelligence, pray for Fu Lushou, worship Weaver Girl and many other customs.

On May 20, 2006, Qixi Festival was included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list by the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

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