Chinese Valentines Day / Daughters Festival
About Chinese Valentine's Day
When is Chinese Valentine Day? 7th day of 7th Lunar month: August 22, 2022; August 10, 2024; August 29, 2025; August 19, 2026; August 8, 2027
Celebrate love ….Chinese style. Today is Chinese Valentine Day. It is also known as the Daughters Festival and several other names (see below). We celebrate this lovely holiday on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
This holiday is one of love. It’s romantic (and lovely) that this holiday evolved from an ancient love story from Chinese folklore. As a result of being handed down from generation to generation over thousands of years, there are several versions of the story.
The Story Behind Chinese Valentine's Day
The Goddess of Heaven (also known as the Queen of Heaven) had seven beautiful, young daughters. The seven daughters came down to earth. They decided to bathe in a pristine river, leaving their clothes on the shore. Along came a cow herder (the herd were actually ox) named “Niu Lang”. He took their clothes to see what they would do. The daughters decided that the youngest, and most beautiful, named Zhi Nü should go out of the water and recover their clothes. Because Niu Lang saw her naked, they had to get married. They fell madly in love and shared several years of marital bliss.
Finally, her mother became irritated by her absence from Heaven and ordered her to return. Seeing how much Zhi Nü missed her husband, the Jade Emperor of Heaven brought the couple back together. Ultimately, Zhi Nü is allowed to visit her husband, Niu Lang just once a year. The annual reunion occurs on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar.
Confucius Says: Man who leap off a building, jumps to conclusion.
Other Names for this Holiday
This holiday is known by a variety of names. They include:
Festival of Seven Daughters
Seventh Sister’s Birthday
Festival of Double Sevens
Night of Sevens
How to Celebrate Chinese Valentines Day
Are you ready to have fun with your friend? That’s exactly what this day is about. Here are some ideas:
- Learn more about the Daughters Festival.
- Spend a romantic time with your intended.
- Are you single? Initiate a new relationship with someone that interests you.
- Go out on a date together.
- Exchange gifts.
- Do what lovers do.
Today's Confucius Saying
Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.
History and Origin of Chinese Valentines Day / Daughters Festival
This holiday is celebrated in China and other parts of Asia. It comes from a Chinese legend that has been handed down for thousands of years. There are several variations of this legend.
Many websites erroneously report this on varying dates in early August. The date is based on the lunar calendar. The lunar year is established based on the sighting of the new moon. Calendar Converters are available online to convert to/from the Julian and Chinese Calendars.
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