Happy Qixi Festival!!!
The present Doodle celebrates the Qixi Festival, otherwise called Qixi Valentine’s Day, a festival of love saw in Taiwan every year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
What is Qixi Festival
The Qixi Festival, otherwise called the Qiqiao Festival, is a Chinese celebration praising the yearly meeting of the cowherd and weaver young lady in mythology.
It falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese schedule.
The celebration started from the romantic legend of two lovers, Zhinü and Niulang, who were the weaver young lady and the cowherd, separately. The story of The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl has been commended in the Qixi Festival since the Han dynasty.
The most punctual known reference to this popular fantasy goes back to more than 2600 years prior, which was told in a poem from the Classic of Poetry. The Qixi celebration propelled the Tanabata celebration in Japan, Chilseok celebration in Korea, and Thất Tịch celebration in Vietnam.
The celebration has differently been known as the Double Seventh Festival, the Chinese Valentine’s Day, the Night of Sevens, or the Magpie Festival.
How to Celebrate Qixi Festival
Presently, Chinese lovers and couples as a rule have a date on this Chinese lovers’ day and present gifts to one another. As of late, an ever increasing number of lovers decide to get married at a registry, or hold an antiquated Chinese style wedding ceremony on that romantic day.
The activities to petition God for inventiveness are just acquired and well known in a little scope and young ladies like to wear traditional Chinese outfits to go to them.
Be that as it may, traditionally, the celebration was famous among little youngsters and there were different exercises on that day. Here were probably the most well known ones and just a couple are kept till today:
1.Worship the Moon and Appreciate the Stars
On that night, young ladies would take a bath with water and sap, wear new garments and worship the moon, as in old Chinese idea, moon was the auspicious sign for ladies.
After, they would value the Vega and Altair getting together, representing the get-together of Zhinu and Niulang.
2. Pray to Zhinu for Skillful Hands
On seventh day of the seventh lunar month, the birthday of the Weaver Girl, ladies in antiquated China would appeal to her for skillful hands, which were viewed as the quality of a decent wife.
In certain regions, they additionally appealed to God for insight, happy marriage, and considering an baby, and so forth.
3. Ingenuity Competitions
There were a wide range of types of rivalries for resourcefulness. Among them, stringing various opening needles was the most famous and the most established dating to the Han Dynasty.
Little youngsters would string needles with five, seven or even nine holes. The one completed the stringing quickest would win. Since Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 – 589 AD), little youngsters would get a bug on the celebration day and kept them short-term.
In the following morning, the better the web, the handier the proprietor was anticipated to be. In Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911 AD), young ladies would blend stream water and well water on the celebration, at that point put needles delicately on the outside of the water on the second day.
On the off chance that the shadow of the needle was fit as a fiddle rather than straight, it suggests the young lady had effectively acquired resourcefulness.
4. Eat Qiaoguo (Qixi Pastry)
Quite a while prior, there was a little youngster who was thoughtful towards Zhinu and Niulang. Each Qixi Festival, she would make some sensitive baked goods and pray that the two could rejoin easily.
The Jade Emperor was moved by her and requested Matchmaker to locate her a Mr. Right. After, an ever increasing number of little youngsters made baked goods on that day in anticipation of their Mr. Right and the custom of eating Qixi cake framed.
These days, Qixi cakes are as yet well known in Shandong, Shanghai, Shaoxing and some close by zones. The Shandong style are small heated baked goods in creature or bloom shapes while Shanghai style are singed dainty twisty pastries.
Other fascinating traditions included inviting pixies rational, washing in the stream the Zhinu once washed, putting away Qixi water, washing hair, biting the dust fingernails, and so on.
They additionally sent blessings, however totally different from present ones, including rhinoceros horn, tongguan grass, wolf teeth, and so on.
To pay tribute to the pair’s yearly reunion, individuals across Taiwan take this day to celebrate the ones they love.