QiXi Festival 2021 falls on the seventh day of the 7th month on the Chinese lunar calendar, and on August 13 2021 on the solar calendar. Happy QIXI Festival 2021. May you win your loves’ heart and never be apart even when grow old.
The Story of QiXi Festival
QiXi Festival has a history of over 2,000 years. It comes from a romantic and beautiful love story that every girl was told even they were very young, that is the story of NiuLang and Zhi Nü. The legend related to this festival goes like this:
Once upon a time the Weaving Fairy (Zhi Nü) in heaven fell in love with a Herd Boy (NiuLang) on earth when she went to the man’s world to play. The Weaving Fairy was so devoted to her love that she gave up all her privileges of being a fairy in heaven and came down on earth to live with her beloved. For several years, they led a happy life, and the Weaving Fairy gave birth to two lovely children. However, the Weaving Fairy’s mother, the Lady Queen Mother, learnt about this and was so angry that she had her daughter, the Weaving Fairy, taken back to heaven by force. The Herd Boy, taking with their two children, ran after the Weaving Fairy. But the Lady Queen mother took out her hairpin and drew a river between them. Niu Lang and Zhi Nü were separated on both sides of the river, no way to be reunited. Overtime, they turned into the star Vega and the star Altair; the river turned into the Milky Way. People were very sympathetic with the couple. To help them, thousands of swallows formed a bridge across the river on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month so that they could meet each other once a year.
Love Kindly but Love Boldly – Express Your Love at QiXi Festival
Yes, It’s the lovey-dovey time of year again to express your love. Besides treating your loved one to a nice meal or to a long-overdue getaway, it is also crucial to express your feelings and affections through words. Luckily, there are plenty of classic love poems throughout Chinese history for you to quote. TechiSky lists some of them in the following:
- 愿作鸳鸯不羡仙 yuàn zuò yuānyāng bù xiàn xiān
We don’t need to envy the gods if we can be mandarin ducks
- 曾经沧海难为水，除却巫山不是云 céngjīngcānghǎi nàn wéi shuǐ, chúquè wūshān bùshì yún
- 但愿人长久，千里共婵娟 dàn yuàn rén chángjiǔ, qiānlǐ gòng chánjuān
- 愿得一人心，白首不分离 yuàn dé yī rénxīn, bái shǒu bù fēnlí
- 红豆生南国，春来发几枝。愿君多采撷，此物最相思 yuàn jūn duō cǎixié, cǐ wù zuì xiāngsī
- 春风十里不如你 chūnfēng shílǐ bùrú nǐ
Even the spring breeze is inferior to you
- 卿须怜我我怜卿 qīng xū lián wǒ wǒ lián qīng If you adore me I will love you back
In the end, TechiSky wants to give the best wishes for all lovers on this QiXi Festival 2021 – All Shall be well, Jack Shall have Jill; all lovers shall stay in love as the first sight they fall in love.
Know more about Chinese QIXI Festival
- The Love Story of Chinese Valentine’s Day
- About star Vega (Weaving Maid) and star Altair (Cowherd)
- How to celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day