Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine's Day

I remember this was a question is about courtship, dating, arranged marriages, online dating sites, random stranger. There are all possible potions that one has in finding a husband or wife. We talk a lot, so I want tell you the experiences with this holiday in my country and how do we celebrate this day. In my country, we have three days for Valentine’s Day. The dates are February 14th, March 14th, and the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, we call it 'Qi Xi'. There is an interesting love story behind this day about the 7th daughter of Emperor of Heaven and an orphaned cowherd. The Emperor played spoilsport and separated both of them. The 7th daughter was forced to move to the star called Vega and the cowherd moved to the star named Altair. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the 7th day of 7th lunar month. On the Chinese Valentine's Day, lovers go to the temple of Matchmaker and pray for their love and happiness and their possible marriage. People who are still single also do the same thing to ask their luck of love in the Matchmaker temple. This is also called The Daughter's Festival. Since ancient times, Chinese girls always want to learn a good handcrafting skill like the Weaving Maid. The knowledge of handicrafts and skill development is essential for their future family. On that night, the unmarried girls pray to the Weaving Maid star to let them become smarter. When the star Vega is high up in the sky, girls perform a test by putting a needle on the water surface. If the needle doesn't sink, it's a sign of girl's maturity and smartness and she is ready and eligible to find a husband. Girls may, now, ask for any wish of their choice, but only one every year. And for the day on February 14th, the girl give the boy, who is the girl love, of chocolate as well as other gifts by their hands, or the girl is encouraged to express love to boy by giving chocolate on February 14th. Then, boy gives the gifts to girl on march 14th called 'White Valentine’s Day'. But many people think it too much for the Valentine’s Day. So the young people just celebrate the Valentine’s Day on February 14th, the older people celebrate the Chinese Valentine's Day. However, there are few people celebrate both of them. How about you, Ana? Do you have some plan to celebrate it? (*^__^*) I find a video on YouTube, but i don't know how to show you. So I can tell you the webside, if you have free time or you are interested in it, you can see it (the speaker speak in English).

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