Qixi Festival: The Most Acceptable Modern Chinese Valentine's Day And Young Females' Festival in August
What's the Chinese Valentine's Day? Is there the Chinese Valentine's Day celebrated in China? As we know from the previous story, the day of May 20th is getting popular among young lovers due to the romantic numeral tricks in Chinese pronunciation. However, May 20th is not a traditional valentine's festival in China. The story below will introduce the Qixi festival, the most acceptable Chinese valentine's day, and also the traditional young females' festival in China.
Target Story Words
Similar Chinese Words:
爱情节日 ài qíng jié rì The romantic day or festival.
Related Chinese Words:
七 夕 Qī xī The Qixi Festival in China, or known as Double Seven Festival.
乞巧节 Qǐ qiǎo jié Another Chinese name of Qixi Festival.
七巧节 Qī qiǎo jié Another Chinese name of Qixi Festival.
What and When Is Qixi Festival?
The Qixi Festival, written as "七夕节" in Simplified Chinese and shortened with "七夕" (qī xī), is one of the traditional festivals originating in China and also known as the "Double Seventh Festival".
节日“Qixi Festival”，中文写作“七夕节”，中国人简称“七夕”，是发源于中国的中国民间传统节日之一，也是人们熟知的“Double Seventh Festival”。
Although there is a Chinese number "七" (qī) within the name, the Qixi Festival doesn't take place in July but actually common in August. It's because that the Qixi Festival refers to the seventh night of the lunar seventh month based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar. The Qixi Festival in 2021 falls on August 14th. Click to check out more future days of the Qixi Festival.
虽然“七夕节”的名字中包含中文数字“七”，但它并非是发生在 7 月的节日。七夕节，实际上指的是中国农历的七月初七这天夜晚，通常落于每年阳历的 8 月。2021 年的七夕节，正好对应阳历 8 月 14 日这一天。点击此处可查看未来数年内七夕的具体日期。
What's Qixi Meaning in Chinese?
In Chinese, the numeral character "七" indicates the "Double Seventh Day", a romantic one of the "Double ordinal-day" festivals to be well known in traditional Chinese culture. Coincidentally, the character "七" that has the same pronunciation as another character "妻" which means wife in Chinese, indicates that it's also a festival related to the females.
With regard to the second character "夕" (xī), it generally means the sunset time in Chinese, roughly understood as night. So the full meaning of "七夕" is pointing to the seventh night of the seventh month based on the Chinese lunar calendar. It's not single for the character "夕" appearing in Chinese festivals. For example, the important Chinese celebrating day "除夕" refers to the night of the last day in a year.
The Acceptable Modern Chinese Valentine's Day
Besides the western Valentine's Day introduced into China, there are also several Chinese romantic days for celebrating by lovers and couples, such as the May 20th and the "Qixi Festival", the latter of more than 2000 years history in China.
在中国，除了大家熟知的西方情人节外，中国人也拥有不少带有浪漫色彩的爱情节日，比如与中文“我爱你”谐音的 5 月 20 日，又比如在中国已有 2000 多年历史的“七夕节”。
As one of the traditional Chinese festivals, Qixi has multiple cultural implications in China and Chinese culture.
From its origin, the Qixi Festival rises in the star worship by the ancients. The ancient Chinese picked two unusual shiny stars which were separated by the milky way and named them individually with "牛郎星" (niú láng xīng), the Altair in the constellation Aquila and "织女星" (zhī nü xīng), the Vega in the constellation Lyra, to be accompanied with a romantic legendary story called "牛郎织女" (The Cowherd and Weaver Girl) for years.
According to the Chinese romantic legend, when it comes to the seventh day of the seventh month every year based on the Chinese lunar calendar, the ordinary man Niulang (Cowherd) and his wife Zhinü (Weaver Girl), the skillful fairy from the heaven world, are able to meet each other once a year on this day. And it's usually the night for people to observe stars and celebrate the day, so the festival of the Double-Seventh Day was given a meaningful Chinese name of "七夕节" and gradually developed into the most acceptable modern Chinese Valentine's day in modern China.
Qixi, Also The Festival For Young Females
The Qixi Festival is also familiar with many other Chinese names varying from regions in China, such as the "Females' Festival", "Girls' Festival", "Qiqiao Festival", "Ingenuity-blessing Festival", "Qijie Festival", etc. All of these Chinese names listed here are obvious to indicate that it's the young females' festival.
"Zhinü" was in belief a clever and skillful fairy of the Heaven world who was deft at weaving and sewing. When the day of the Qixi Festival coma, young women and girls in ancient would like to kowtow to Zhinü in worship and sincerely blessed for skillful hands, with strong talents for weaving and sewing, and thereby the perfect and happy marriages.
Nowadays, such traditional Qixi customs continue to hold in many regions of China. People will make various Chinese food, fancy cakes & steamed buns, and carving fruits to share together, for their willing of ingenuity and happy life besides love.
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The Calendar of Qixi Festival
(Jié rì míng)
(Qī xī jié)
Qixi/Double Seventh Festival 2020
(8 yuè 25 rì xīng qī 2)
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
(Qī xī jié)
Qixi/Double Seventh Festival 2021
(8 yuè 14 rì xīng qī 6)
Saturday, August 14, 2021
(Qī xī jié)
Qixi/Double Seventh Festival 2022
(8 yuè 4 rì xīng qī 4)
Thursday, August 4, 2022
(Qī xī jié)
Qixi/Double Seventh Festival 2023
(8 yuè 22 rì xīng qī 2)
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
(Qī xī jié)
Qixi/Double Seventh Festival 2024
(8 yuè 10 rì xīng qī 6)
Saturday, August 10, 2024
(Qī xī jié)
Qixi/Double Seventh Festival 2025
(8 yuè 29 rì xīng qī 5)
Friday, August 29, 2022