Chinese Valentine Day Story
China’s History is a long Series of Dynasties and close to 5,000 years existence
Today the Cultural values exists more in rural towns and cities but is celebrated in the big cities across China and in extravagant and colorful displays and events
The Story of Valentine day is unique In China, it is also well revered today with a love poem to support the ideas and festivity of the evening
What is Qixi Festival?
The Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival) is one of Chinese traditional festivals, celebrated on the evening of the 7th of the seventh lunar month.
Also called Qi Qiao Festival, meaning Ingenuity-Begging Festival. This unique Chinese Valentine’s Day food custom expresses chinese people’s desire to find the ingenuity (sweet love and good marriage).
The legend of Chinese Valentine’s Day rotates around star-crossed lovers, Zhinhu, a weaver girl and a goddess Daughter, The Boy named Niulang is a humble cowherd.
Niulang met Zhinhu, and they fell in love, they got married, living a happy life together, their offsprings, a boy and a girl were born.
However, when Zhinhu’s mother discovers that her daughter married a mere mortal, she brings her back to heaven and created a huge river between earth and the heavens to separate the couple – this river now referred to as the Milky Way.
The Birds being magpies were moved by the love between Zhinhu and Niulang, and by forming a bridge to help the couple to meet giving Zhinhu a way to cross.
After some time Zhinhu’s mother realizing this was a special love she decided to permitted the couple to meet once a year, that same day, which is the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
This romantic Story continues to inspire Chinese lovers over generations,though changes have been introduced over time.
Traditional Foods & Beliefs
Food customs are prepared during Qixi, varying regionally.
Chinese People believe that eating Qiaoguo, helps to reunite the separated couple on the Magpie Bridge
The popular Qiaoguo is cooked and eaten during this day, This fried thin pastry of different shapes, cooked with oil, flour sugar, and honey.
Chinese people love Dumplings, Whenever it is an important day dumplings are a must in the northern regions. On the Qixi Festival, dumplings represent good wishes so the cooks include other items in the mix, strangely enough coins?, needles?, red dates, longan etc.
Ladies eating dumplings with coins would have the literary talent, to eat dumplings with needles they were blessed with ingenuity, red date dumplings fall in love, finally dumplings with longan recipients were destined for a happy marriage.
Qixi Festival is the only day in a year the lovers meet. It is said if the cockerel fails to calls then the lovers will be together forever, Therefore, on the festival day, people would kill the rooster to pray that lovers would never be separated.
Five Types Nuts – Hazelnut, Peanut, Logan, Melon Seed, Red Dates
The Qixi Festival, people worship the Weaver Girl with five kinds of nuts offering. These include longan, hazelnuts, peanuts, melon seeds and red dates. After the worship, these become Chinese Valentine’s Day food.
Fried Bean Tea (Roasted Peanuts & Syrup)
People in Tong’an, Xiamen will make Fried Bean Tea on Qixi Festival, meaning sweet love and sweet life.
To Cook: Pour peanuts into an iron pan and fry them, then peel off the skin of fried peanuts after they have cooled down. Pour the maltose and sugar into the boiling water and mix them completely. Finally pour the peanuts into the mixture and stir well.
Glutinous Rice Sticks
The main ingredients of Glutinous Rice Sticks are glutinous rice, soy flour, malt and syrup. The method of making it is mixing all the materials into a dough and letting it grow, then cutting it into pieces and rounding into strips or sticks. After that, fry them and sprinkle sugar
Flowers, Chocolates to romantic partners, romantic setting dinners, movies, and more…
In Celebration of Romance & Valentine
The Magpie Bridge Immortal
Tr. By Zhao Yanchun
A cloud plays, shown her art;
A star shoots, grieved his heart.
To steal o’er Silver River they start.
Once golden wind encounters dew em-pearled,
All loves are eclipsed in the mortal world.
Their love purls as a stream;
Their tryst is like a dream.
To Magpie Bridge, their eyes sadly gleam.
If two hearts can remain steadfast for aye,
Why need they keep together night and day?
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The Modern Version of Celebration
Today, the commercialized aspect has tainted the Purity of the Custom, converting it into how the West celebrates Valentine’s Day – where couples celebrate by giving gifts and flowers, as a mark of their love and going on dates around Asia
Unfortunately it seems In Hong Kong, This special festival has virtually disappeared with little or no knowledge of it today by the younger generation
Traditionally, women dress up in Hanfu a traditional Chinese-robe with extended flowing loose sleeves and belt around their waist.
This is followed by a day preparing an offering of many items including tea, wine, flowers, fruits with pray to Zhinu for wisdom and grant what they wish for
Single women seek help and guidance of the celestial couple to grant them a good Husband, Recently married women on the other hand would ask for children
During the evening all women would gather to compete with the threading of the needle
China holds much traditions and chinese though a modern age still maintain the traditions, valentine is a special day for women in particular, men have also embraced the theme and meaning of what lovers share on this day Worldwide