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Sparks fly in touching tale of romance

QIXI Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, is also known as Chinese Valentine's Day because of a beautiful love story from the old days.

According to the tale, an honest and warm-hearted boy named Niu Lang falls in love with Zhi Nu, a fairy from Heaven.

They get married and have a son and daughter. When Zhi's parents find out about the marriage, they become angry and bring Zhi back to Heaven. However, they eventually are touched by the couple's love and devotion to one another and allow them to reunite once a year on the double seventh day.

The festival used to only belong to young women, especially single women, who prayed to the Weaver Maid Star asking for fruit. This custom originated in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) and it later spread to Japan and South Korea.

Many Qixi Festival activities will be held tomorrow in Shanghai.

Pillow fight party with an ancient theme

This party is being organized by the Creative Party website and takes place at Mao Livehouse. On the menu is a local band, belly dancing, a fashion show of traditional Han clothing and yes, a pillow fight.

Lovers can try on ancient-style clothing and write an ancient love letter. A matchmaker will give singles the chance to meet hot girls and guys. This promises to be a pretty cool party.

Date: August 6, 8:30pm

Venue: Mao Livehouse, 3/F, 308 Chongqing Rd S.

Lotus trip for families

Guyi Garden in Jiading District is known for its lotus flowers. For those looking for peace and tranquility, it may be an ideal way to spend the Qixi Festival. Oh, and don't forget to try the delicious local snacks.

Date : August 6,, 1:30-8:30pm

Venue: Guyi Garden, 218 Huyi Highway

Kunqu Opera love stories

The traditional Kunqu Opera is famous for many heartbreaking and touching love stories. Yifu Theater will present a collection of famous Kunqu love tales.

Date: August 6, 1:30pm

Venue: Yifu Theater, 701 Fuzhou Rd


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