Chinese Valentine’s day

Edward Li, Writer

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You all know what time it is, from all the Valentine’s day’s sales advertisement, it is the Valentine’s day week! As a tradition of the western culture, it is one of the few festivals for the couples to celebrate. Very costly of course.

When the U.S. has its Valentine’s day,  China also has its own date to cheer for romance. Just as the Valentine came from the church history, the Chinese Valentine’s came from an old myth of a lovely couples. It is call the Qixi festival. The story behind this festival was a couples who are wonderfully in love. They were punished for a mistake , however, to only see each other once a year, and this day was made to be the Chinese Valentine’s day, the 7th of July.

Because the tale is so widely talk about by the people, it is also appreciated by the other Asian countries. The Qixi festival inspired the Tanabata festival in Japan and Chilseok festival in Korea.

Now that the Northland is hitting it’s Valentine’s day, I figure it’s a good time to get cultured a little while you are trying to find your love.

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