Saturday, June 24, 2006

Chinese Valentine’s Day

There are chocolate and flower for international Valentine's day but it differs to Chinese Valentine's day.
Qi Qiao Jie, or the seventh eve, is often referred to as Chinese Valentine's Day. While the annual gift giving commonly associated with St. Valentine's Day doesn't take place, there are several charming customs associated with this romantic day for lovers.

About Chinese Valentine’s day

Chinese Valentine's Day CookiesIn Chinese lunar calendar, July 7th is regarded as the Chinese Valentine's Day. Traditionally it has a special meaning for girls, on which they burn joss sticks to pay their courtesy and obeisance to gods and beg for a light hand at housework and a perfect match in marriage.

Chinese Valentine's Day StorySince it falls in the harvest day, some melons and fruit are usually placed on the table as sacrifice. A small test is said to be able to tell if you are a capable girl. On that night, when the moon is high up in the sky, you put a needle on the water surface, if it doesn't sink, then you are already smart enough. And there is a beautiful folktale about the origin of this festival.

Next time I will tell you about a romantic story of Chinese Valentine's Day...
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