Just seven days ago was the beginning of the lunar seventh month

The Hungry Ghost Festival

A traditional Chinese festival and holiday (not in Singapore 😦 ) celebrated by Chinese in many countries.

BUT NO…THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A POST WITH SOME CREEPY GHOST STORIES OR PARANORMAL ENCOUNTERS.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR BECAUSE TODAY IS THE 7TH DAY OF THE LUNAR 7TH MONTH

A day to remember the tale of a forbidden and yet undying love between two lovers – A celestial being and a human being.

Niulang And Zhinu (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Qixi Festival also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Dayis a Chinese festival that celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology.

The general tale is about a love story between the weaver girl (one of the seven celestial maidens), symbolizing Vega and the young cowherd, symbolizing Altair.

Their love was not allowed, thus they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River (symbolizing the Milky Way). Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day.

This is an important festival, especially for young girls. During the festival, girls make a display of their domestic skills and make wishes  for marrying someone who would be a good and loving husband.

Traditionally, there would be contests among young girls who attempted to be the best in threading needles under low-light conditions like the glow of ember or a half moon. Today, girls sometimes gather toiletries in honour of the seven maidens.

The festival also held an importance for newly-wed couples. The celebration stood symbol for a happy marriage and showed that the married woman was treasured by her new family.

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qixi_Festival

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Japanese woodblock print of Tanabata festivities in Edo (Tokyo), 1852, by Hiroshige (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Tanabata (meaning “Evening of the seventh”) is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival which was imported to Japan by the Empress Kōken in 755.

It gained widespread popularity among the general public by the early Edo period. Like Qixi, Tanabata was inspired by the famous Chinese folklore story, “The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd” and the most popular version is as follows:

Orihime (The Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (Sky King), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa ( Milky Way). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it.

Being concerned about his daughter who was too busy to find her true love, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (Cow Herder Star) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa.

When the two met, they fell instantly in love with each other and married shortly thereafter. However, once married, Orihime no longer would weave cloth for Tentei and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over Heaven.

In anger, Tentei separated the two lovers across the Amanogawa and forbade them to meet but later gave in to his daughter’s persistent pleading.

The two can only meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard and finished her weaving. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot come and the two lovers must wait until another year to meet.

In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations (see also Wish Tree). The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day

Popular customs relating to the festival varied by region of the country, but generally, girls wished for better sewing and craftsmanship, and boys wished for better handwriting.

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata

13082013 - Let Us Always MeetSo, do smile often and who knows you might just find that special someone who would take your breath away (well, of course in a good and lovingly way…hehhee).

Before ending this post, let us share a lovely P.O.V. contribution about family love by Yuna:

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Let's Play - Home Sweet Home

 A big thank you to Yuna for joining in the fun and sharing her love with us.

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We do look forward to receive more lovely contributions from all lovely souls out there soon!

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

Mother Teresa 

So, may it be towards a sweet heart or a loved one, start injecting tons and tons of love into your actions now!

Have a great Valentine’s Day (Chinese or Japanese Style) ahead!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Credits: Some cute and lovely pictures found in this post are downloaded from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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