Tourists at the Shanghai World Expo can experience the romance of the "Qixi" Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day, through celebrations in the Shaanxi Pavilion, according to the Shanghai Evening Post.
The four-day activity, named "Huaqing Pool Chinese Valentine's Day," is based on the theme of love and aims to promote traditional Chinese national culture and revive traditional Chinese festivals.
The event features interactive games and art performances in the Tang style. At one game, tourists dressed in costumes from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) can experience a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony.
|Foreign tourists dressed in the costumes of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) are |
experiencing a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony during the celebration of Qixi
Festival in the Shaanxi Pavilion of the World Expo on August 14, 2010. The Qixi
festival, also also known as Chinese Valentine's Day, falls on the seventh day of the
seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar. [Photo:Xinhua]
A total of 77,777 postcards with the poem "The Song of Everlasting Regret" by Tang poet Bai Juyi, will be distributed to lovers during the celebration.
The "Qixi" Festival, or Double Seven Festival, is derived from an ancient romantic tragedy of two separated lovers, Niulang, the mortal orphan cow herder, and Zhinu, the weaving maid, a heavenly being. According to the legend, they are only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, on a bridge formed by magpies.
The festival originated during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and became popular in the Tang and Song dynasties.
The "Qixi" Festival falls on August 16 this year.