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Chinese Valentine's day: Young lovers' celebration

08-06-2011 10:55 BJT Special Report:Chinese Valentine’s Day |

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The seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar is known as "Qixi", and is commonly labeled as the Chinese Valentine's day.

This year, the romance comes on Saturday. Let's see what young lovers are preparing for the upcoming occasion in Shijiazhuang of Hebei Province.

Some say that the streets would be flooded with roses and chocolates again, but the Chinese customs are not totally forgotten. Young women will still pray for blessings on the night of Qixi, hoping for wisdom and a long-lasting marriage. And there are typical snacks handed out for the occasion, just like the mooncakes for Mid Autumn Festival.

The bakeries in Shijiazhuang are fully stocked with this kind of pastry now, hoping to attract young people with traditional recipes. The baker says the snack is somewhere between a scones and a cookie.

Meanwhile, when flowers and love letters are simply not enough, many couples take their relationship to the next level, even if it's already a bit late for reservations.

Marriage Registry Officer, said, "We registered 128 couples on last year's Chinese Valentine's Day. Many couples have already called to make reservations, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more."

"It will be a special and romantic moment for both of us. When we grow old, we'll still remember the Chinese Valentine's Day. "

The director of Marriage Registry Office says they will extend opening hours around Chinese Valentine's Day. He hopes this office can be the place where happy marriages begin.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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