Qixi Festival (七夕节), also known as Qiqiao (乞巧节) and the Double Seventh Festival (七月初七), falls on the 7th day of the 7th of the lunar month in the Chinese calendar. It is an annual celebration of the Chinese folk tale of the The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl (牛郎和织女) where two lovers, Zhinü (the weaver girl who symbolises the star Vega) and Niulang (the cowherd who symbolises the star Altair) (织女和牛郎) were forbidden to be together and thus were separated and banished to opposite sides of the heavenly river (the milkyway). Once a year, magpies would form a bridge across the river to allow the lovers to reunite for just one day on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month.
Celebrators on this day have a variety of different traditions to commemorate the reunion of the forbidden lovers. The girls participate in the worshipping of celestials during rituals such as going to their local temples to pray to Zhinü for wisdom and burning paper items as offerings. They are also known for reciting traditional prayers for dexterity in needlework and showing off their domestic skills to symbolise the talents of being a good spouse and make wishes to find a good husband to marry. In addition to this, the festival also has a special meaning to newlywed couples who would worship the celestial couple for one last time and say farewell to them and to symbolise a happy marriage and showed that the married woman is now treasured by her new family. On this day, worshippers would look to the sky to stargaze for Vega and Altair in the Milky Way and it is said that if it rains on this day, that it is the fallen tears of the separated couple.
Love. How do you express it? We have moments, days and festivals all surrounding the idea of love, but how do we express this feeling as deep as we feel it? Sometimes, flowers and chocolates just do not cut it when it comes to showing someone how much they mean to you, so what is the right way of doing this?
Naming a star (命名一颗星) after someone is the perfect gift to commemorate this special day in Chinese culture. What better way to honour the tradition than to buy a star?( 购买一颗星) The cliché of buying roses, chocolates and jewellery is outdated. These gifts may bring a smile to their face but there is no sense of originality within the gift. If you are wanting to amaze your other half and really give them something unique and meaningful, then why not buy them a star?(购买一颗星)
We have a variety of different packages to suit everyone, from Binary Star Gift sets for couples and newlyweds to an Extra Bright star for the Zhinü to your Niulang (织女和牛郎). Does it get any better than this?! Of course it does! All of our packages can be personalised and are bespoke to each and every recipient. You will never have the same order as anyone else in our database! You can even find your star in the night sky with our personalised star map and our BRAND-NEW app for Apple and Android, so while you are stargazing for Vega and Altair (牛郎星 织女星) on the 25th of August 2020, you can also stargaze for your very own star! Naming a star visible from China (命名一颗在中国可见的星) is super easy, especially now that we accept WeChat Pay (微信支付)! We are ahead of the game; we accept all currencies including Chinese Yuan (RMB) (人民币) and the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) (港元) and are now working on accepting Alipay (支付宝付款). So what are you waiting for?! All you need to do to name a star visible from China (命名一颗在中国可见的星) is head over to our website, star-name-registry.com, personalise your name a star package and order it right to your door! With our DHL Express 1-2 day shipping, you can order just in time to celebrate the Qixi Festival this year! Left it a little too late? Not to worry! We have a solution for that too! When you are naming your star (命名一颗中国的星), you can opt for an INSTANT copy of your certificate to be sent out to your email address while you wait for your package to arrive! You can even search for your star via our online Star Register, just simply type in your name a star reference into our star registry and see visual of your star in the night sky!
Do you know when is the Qixi Festival this year? The seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar this year is August 25 next Tuesday. Did you get it right?
On this romantic day, what gift should be given to the girlfriend? Why not buy a star for her?
Let the stars witness the faithful and devoted love and life-long company for you two.
On the occasion of the Qixi, buy a star for your beloved girl.