Collection: Qixi Festival 七夕节 Chinese Valentine's Day
Qixi Festival 七夕节 – also known as the Double Seventh Festival, or Chinese Valentine's Day – falls annually on the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, and in 2021 that day falls on Saturday 14th August.
Qixi or Chinese Valentines Day is the most romantic of traditional Chinese festivals, and is most commonly celebrated by lovers by giving flowers, chocolates, and other presents to their sweethearts!
The story of Qixi: An oxherd Niulang with the help of his ox (the demoted cattle god) married a fairy, Zhinü, who became a weaver girl. Zhinü's mother, a goddess, returned Zhinü to heaven. Niulang pursued using the ox's hide. The goddess separated them by a river of stars (the Milky Way), but magpies were allowed to form a bridge for them to meet once a year (Qixi).