Seven Sisters Festival: The Fabled Chinese Valentine’s Day
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Young romantics come together this August to celebrate the Seven Sisters Festival, also known informally as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, as they pray for the coming of their romance.
The Seven Sisters Festival, also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, is celebrated every year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. The festival originated from an often told ancient Chinese tale of the bittersweet romance between a cowherd and a weaver girl.
Legend has it that the cowherd and the weaver girl fell in love and got married, which angered the Jade Emperor, the weaver girl’s father. The Jade Emperor therefore decided to separate the two lovers on different sides of the Milky Way. Out of pity, a flock of magpies gathered to form a bridge across the Milky Way so the two lovers can meet each other once a year.
Like the cowherd and the weaver girl, lovers in Hong Kong might be separated momentarily due to social distancing rules. Nevertheless, some romantics may still wish to head to the Lovers’ Rock on Bowen Road in Wan Chai to pray for a successful romance. This year, the Seven Sisters Festival falls on August 25.