What Is Qīxī Festival In China?

- Aug 07, 2019-

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Qixi

The Qixi Festival is a traditional Chinese festival, also known as "Qiqiao Festival". We celebrate it on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month on the Chinese calendar.

Back then, women would pray to the gods and hope they would become clever in minds and skillful in hands.

Nowadays, young people consider the Qixi Festival as Chinese Valentine’s Day because of the legend of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl.


The legend of Qixi

Legend has it that the Weaver Girl, the daughter of the Jade Emperor, was good at weaving and she weaved rosy clouds into the sky every day. She hated this boring life and secretly came down to Midgard to marry the Cowherd of Hexi. From then on, they lived a happy life by farming and weaving

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Since Jade Emperor was very angry about this, the Weaver Girl was brought back to the Heavenly Palace. The Cowherd flew there with the leather of the divine ox, but was kept away from her by the Celestial River created by the Queen Mother of the West. When they were crying to each other, countless magpies came and formed a bridge across the Celestial River. The two finally met each other. Jade Emperor and Queen Mother were also moved and allowed them to meet once a year. From then on, the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl meet on the magpie bridge on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month every year, which has become the most beautiful legend of the Qixi Festival.

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Therefore, the Weaver Girl is also called “Qi Jie”, “the Seven Sister”.


Since the activity of worshiping “Qi Jie” is held on the night of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, the festival is called “Qixi”, which means “the seventh night”.