The Qixi Festival, a traditional Chinese festival originated from the Han Dynasty（202-220 BC） falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar,
when people pray for smooth and lasting love.
On May 20, 2006, the Qixi Festival was inscripted by the State Council into the First Batch of the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
In ancient China, the Qixi Festival was a festival for the women. Many women offered sacrifices on the evening thereof, as well as prayed to the Weaver Fairy for ingenuity by threading needles, making small items and displaying fruits.
This practice is why the Qixi Festival is sometimes referred to as the “Begging Festival.”
On that day, people also like to make wishes and pray for marriage.
The story of the Cowherd and the Weaver Fairy has spread through the ages in China.
相传牛郎和织女被银河相隔，只有每年农历七月初七他们才能在鹊桥相会，Legend has it that the Cowherd and the Weaver Fairy, separated by the Milky Way, were only allowed to meet on a bridge formed by magpies on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
The Qixi Festival has therefore become a Chinese traditional festival with both romantic and poignant sentiments.
The Qixi Festival is truly a joyous festival that symbolizes love.
Presently, some traditional Qixi Festival folk customs persists in some Chinese regions,
showcasing transmissions of traditional culture and longing for a better life.
Many couples and lovers commemorate the reunion of the Cowherd and Weaver Fairy, pray for lasting love, and promise to never leave or forsake each other.
The Qixi Festival praises the Chinese people’s concept of a steadfast and unswerving love.
Besides, the begging and blessing activities thereof also demonstrate the Chinese spirit of industriousness, wisdom, and courage in creating.
They embody the Chinese nation’s pursuit of harmony and peace and highlight the essence of Chinese culture.
By transmitting and carrying forward this fine traditional Chinese culture, and endowing it with the connotations of the new era, it provides powerful and valuable resources for realizing the Chinese dream.
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