Chinese Valentine's Day History



The Chinese Valentines Day falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month as per the Chinese calendar. The day is celebrated to commemorate the everlasting love story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu. Also referred to as the “The Night of Sevens” Chinese on this day pay tribute to their love and celebrate the day by exchanging flowers, cards, chocolates and gifts. The Chinese Valentine Day history has established the day in a full fledged form and today it is widely celebrated all over China. On this day the land of China is seen to drape herself in the romantic color of love.

History

As far as the legendary tale is concerned it is shrouded with many assumptions and there are variations too. But, it centers on the two lovers Niu Lang and Zhinu. The romantic story runs as follows. The handsome Niu Lang happens to be an orphan. His only companion is an old ox who is endowed with some magical power. Zhinu is the youngest of the seven daughter of the Goddess of Heaven. One day Zhinu accompanied by her sisters was taking a bath in a lake. Instigated by the old ox, Niu Lang stole their clothes. Zhinu was ordered by the other sisters to retrieve their clothing. Niu Lang took this opportunity and proposed marriage to Zhinu. Zhinu accepted the proposal. The two got married and eventually Zhinu bore two children.

When the Goddess of Heaven learnt about the whereabouts of the missing Zhinu, she ordered her to return to heaven. Niu Lang was heartbroken when he came to know about his missing wife. The old ox came to his rescue and it was with the help of his hide that Niu Lang went up to heaven in search of his wife. When this was discovered by the Goddess of Heaven, she took out her hairpin and scratched a wide river thus forming the Milky Way. Her main intension was to separate the two lovers. The magpies took pity on the two lovers and they decided to reunite them once a year. So on the 7th day of the 7th lunar the magpies build a bridge over the milky way with their wings to help the two lovers get together.

However as said already there are certain variations in the story. Some are of the opinion that it was the Goddess of Heaven; the mother of Zhinu who took pity on the two lovers and decided to unite them once a year. There are some who opines that it was not the Goddess of Heaven but the Emperor of Heaven who was responsible for separating the two lovers.

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