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Qixi Festival

Qixi Festival, also known as Double Seventh Festival or more recently, Chinese Valentine's Day, celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese Mythology.

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Celebrated since the Han Dynasty, the story has many different variations.  However, it is said that the cowherd, Niulang, and the weaver girl, Zhinü, fell in love.  However, their love was not allowed and they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River.  Once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. Different areas of China have different traditions related to Qixi Festival.

In some areas, young women make offerings of fruit, flowers, tea and face powder. After finishing the offerings, the young women throw half the face powder on the roof and divide the rest between them.This is believed to bound them in beauty with the weaver girl. In recent times, many people see it as a chance to buy gifts for their sweethearts much like Valentine's Day flowers.  Roses, lilies and fruit are the popular gifts of Qixi Festival.

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