Sevens Sisters Festival: A Day for Doomed Lovers of Chinese Legend
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Paying homage to star-crossed lovers who turned into stars, this festival refers to an ancient Chinese legend of a weaver goddess who falls in love with a cowherd.
Falling on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, Seven Sisters festival is known informally as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. On this day, as variants of Chinese legend has it, magpies of the world form a bridge uniting two stars, Vega and Altair.
These stars were said to once have been a mortal cowherd and the weaver goddess, who were cruelly separated on either side of the Milky Way. While traditionally the festival is celebrated with needlework competitions, romantic Hongkongers mark the day by leaving offerings on lover’s rock.