Qi Xi Festival — one of the most romantic traditional Chinese holidays . It is celebrated on the evening of the 7th day of the 7th month in the traditional lunar calendar. Hence, another name for the holiday — Double Seven Festival (Double Seven Festival).
Qi Xi Festival closely associated with the legend of the Cowherd and Weaver Girl — a touching love story, extant since time immemorial. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) in the capital were held noisy fairs, which sold items and special gifts for the holiday Qi Xi.
In the ancient Qi Xi was one of the most favorite holidays. Today in Chinese villages still remain some of the traditions of the holiday Qi Xi, but in the cities, many customs have lost their flavor or completely disappeared.
In recent years, Qi Xi Festival is very popular among the urban youth, which marks it as the day of lovers.
During this holiday Chinese girls are wondering: when the star Vega will rise high in the sky, we have to put a needle on the surface of the water, and if it does not sink, it means that she is ready to find a husband. Girls can make a any desire on this day, but they say that only one per year.
Japanese, borrowing a tradition in ancient China, July 7 noted a similar Festivities — Tanabata.