Qixi Festival: What is it and how is it celebrated?
|Bundles of roses available to be purchased during Qixi – which is similar to Valentine’s Day (Picture: Visual China Group by means of Getty Images/Visual China Group through Getty Images)|
In China and portions of East Asia, however, the period of the August would clearly spring to see any problems – because of the yearly Qixi Festival, which is being praised today (Thursday, August 4) in 2022.
Indeed, even Google is getting in on the festivals, with a conventional drawing for Qixi supplanting its typical logo.
All in all, what is Qixi precisely, and how could it be commended?
What is Qixi Festival?
Qixi Festival is a conventional celebration celebrated in China, Taiwan, Singapore and different pieces of Asia.
You could see it is additionally alluded to as Qiqiao Festival, ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’ or Double Seventh Festival.
It happens consistently, explicitly on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
This year, Qixi falls on Thursday, August 4 – and the date varies as per the Gregorian schedule, falling in 2023 on Tuesday, August 22, and in 2024 on Saturday, August 10.
Qixi goes back no less than 2,000 years, and is viewed as an exceptionally heartfelt day.
It commends the yearly get-together of Niulang, a human, and Zhinü, the goddess of winding around – whose sentiment is the subject of the conventional Chinese cultural story called The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl.
There are a few renditions of the story, however basically: Zhinü ventured out from paradise to Earth and went gaga for Niulang, with whom she had kids. In spite of their adoration, their relationship was illegal. To keep them separated, they were isolated by the Milky Way.
Just one time each year, on Qixi, might the couple at some point rejoin, by meeting on a unique extension, worked by jaybirds, over the stars.
How is Qixi Festival celebrated?
As indicated by China Travel, there are various customary traditions related with Qixi.
Quite a long time ago, young ladies would supplicate, show their weaving work, as well as color their fingernails during Qixi – as a feature of the love of winding around goddess Zhinü.
Customarily, a cake called Qiaoguo – produced using oil, flour, sugar and sesame – would be eaten. The site says it is as yet appreciated in pieces of Eastern China, like Shanghai and Shandong.
Some may likewise seek the sky for the star Vega, which Zhinü represents, and Altair, representing Niulang.
While there are a few conventional festivals for Qixi noticed, for some the day is viewed as a day of sentiment.
It is a day to invest energy with one’s accomplice, go on dates, share gifts, or even get hitched – as many couples pick the day to get hitched, in spite of strange notions around the day in regards to detachment.