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Qixi Festival in Sanya, Hainan, China- The Night of Sevens: video, address on the map
Thursday, 23 August 2012 05:56

Qixi Festival (literally "The Night of Sevens"), also known as Magpie Festival, falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar. In late summer, 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, hence Niulang, came across a beautiful girl Zhinu, the seventh daughter of the Goddess, who just had escaped from boring heaven to look for fun. Zhinu soon fell in love with Niulang, and they got married without the knowledge of the Goddess. Zhinu proved to be a wonderful wife, and Niulang to be a good husband. They lived happily and had two children. But the Goddess of Heaven found out that Zhinü, a fairy girl, had married a mere mortal. The Goddess was furious and ordered Zhinü to return to heaven. On Earth, Niulang was very upset that his wife had disappeared. Suddenly, his ox began to talk, telling him that if he killed it and put on its hide, he would be able to go up to Heaven to find his wife. Crying bitterly, he killed the ox, put on the skin, and carried his two beloved children off to Heaven to find Zhinü. The Goddess discovered this and was very angry. Taking out her hairpin, the Goddess scratched a wide river in the sky to separate the two lovers forever, thus forming the Milky Way between Altair and Vega. Qixi originated during the Han Dynasty. It came from people's worship of the stars. On Qixi, a festoon is placed in the yard and single or newly married women in the household makes an offering to Niulang and Zhinü consisting of fruit, flowers, tea, and face powder. After finishing the offering, half of the face powder is thrown on the roof and the other half divided among the young women of the household. It is believed that by doing this, the women are bound in beauty with Zhinü. Another tradition is for girls to throw a sewing needle into a bowl full of water on the night of Qixi as a test of embroidery skills. If the needle floats on top of the water instead of sinking, it proves the girl is a skilled embroideress. Single women also pray for finding a good husband in the future. And the newly married women pray to become pregnant quickly. In Sanya City a celebratory actions will be held near the Mingzhu department store, where you can also buy a gifts. Get to the the Mingzhu department store you can own, without the aid of guides, address of the Mingzhu department store is shown in Chinese on the photo above-just show it to any taxi driver in the Sanya. From the Haikou City to the Sanya City can be reached by high speed train, travel time is 82 minutes. News about development of tourism in Hainan Island can be found here: http://hainanwel.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=51 ВИДЕО:


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