This year 's QiXi is on the last day of July

Qi Xi (七夕; Pinyin: qī xī; "The Night of Sevens"), sometimes called Chinese Valentine's Day, falls on the seventh day of lunar month seven of the Chinese calendar and thus its name. It is traditional for young girls to demonstrate their domestic arts on this day (especially melon carving) and to make wishes for a good husband. It is also known by the following names:

  • The Festival to Plead for Skills (乞巧節; qǐ qiǎo jié)
  • The Seventh Sister's Birthday (七姐誕; qī jiě dàn)
  • The Night of Skills (巧夕; qiǎo xī)

  • Other East Asian cultures still celebrate on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which in 2005 is on August 11. In Southeast Asia, however, the day is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, or Chap Goh Mei.

    On the night sky of the late summer days the stars Altair and Vega are high in the night sky and the Chinese tell the following love story, of which there are many variations:

    A young cowherd named Niulang (牛郎, "the cowherd", the star Altair) happens across seven fairy sisters bathing in a lake. Encouraged by his mischievous companion the ox, he steals their clothes and waits to see what will happen next. The fairy sisters elect the youngest and most beautiful sister Zhinü (織女, "the weaver girl", the star Vega) to retrieve their clothing. She does so, but since Niulang sees her naked she must agree to his request for marriage. She proves to be a wonderful wife, and Niulang a good husband, and they are very happy together. But the Goddess of Heaven (in some versions Zhinü's mother) finds out that a mere mortal has married one of the fairy girls and is furious. (In another version, the Goddess forced the weaver fairy back to her former duty of weaving colorful clouds in the sky because she could not do her job while married to the mortal.) Taking out her hairpin, the Goddess scratches a wide river in the sky to separate the two lovers forever (thus forming the Milky Way separating Altair and Vega).

    Zhinü must sit forever on one side of the river, sadly weaving on her loom, while Niulang watches her from afar and takes care of their two children (his flanking stars β and γ Aquilae).

    But once a year all the magpies in the world take pity on them and fly up into heaven to form a bridge (鵲橋, "the bridge of magpies", Que Qiao) over the star Deneb in the Cygnus constellation so the lovers may be together for a single night, the seventh night of the seventh moon.

    That is the legend from Chinese folk-custom,

    But nowadays, actually a few Chinese traditional festivals are gradually fading out from present China. And the youth choose the 14th of Feb for their romatic day. It is debatable of the reason why conventional festival no more brilliant. Maybe the western Valentine's Day is more attractive enough, or the story of QiXi is too complicated and too long for tracing. The fact is that modem life give few time for people to choose and most of us take joint the tendency for granted. As a result, we may lose ours own position.
[Y]Theses cows in chinese Valentine's Day look beautiful and wonderful.