7日7月

Yesterday was 7日7月 which means the 7th day in the 7th month of the lunar calender.Why am I blogging about this date? It's the Chinese Valentine's Day. ♥

We, Chinese have 2 Valentine's Day - one on Chap Goh Mei and the other was yesterday. I only celebrate this one because to me personally, this Valentine's Day has a very meaningful legend behind it.

I admit that I'm still very naive believing in all the legends and fairy tales but that's who I am. I believe them but they only exist in the olden days, years back and not in today's society. It's very hard to see true love and people whom can sustain their love for many years especially for people around my age and the generation after me. I've seen people (at least 5-10 years older than me) being with their partner since young and are still happily married for years. I do belief that all this do exist but they are no longer those fairy tale like love story. They are more realistic and simple (or maybe more complicated than it seems).

Any way, back to the main topic today. What's the significance of the 7日7月? It's significance as today is the meeting day of the Cowherd with the Weaver Maiden (牛郎织女). They only meet once a year.

What is so interesting about their story? The story below is what I copy and paste from other website but it's according to what I've heard all this years:
Long, long ago, there was an honest and kind-hearted fellow named Niu Lang (the cowherd). His parents died when he was a child. Later he was driven out of his home by his sister-in-law. After being driven out of his home, an old man (in fact a supernatural being), guided him to the sick cattle from heaven. With great care from Niu Lang, the cattle recovered. In order to show gratitude to Niu Lang, the cow helped him get acquainted with Zhi Nu (Weaving Maiden) - a fairy from the heaven. 

They fell in love with each other and got married. They live a happy life with Niu Lang planting in the field while Zhi Nu did weaving at home. They were also magically given a boy and a girl. However, good times don't last long because Zhi Nu's deeds were known by the God of the Heaven who took her back. 

With the cow's help, Niu Lang flew to heaven along with his two children as they chased their wife and mother. It was just at that moment before he could reach Zhi Nu that the Queen of the heaven created a huge river between them. Niu Lang and Zhi Nu were separated on the two banks forever and could only feel their tears. Their loyalty to love, touched the magpies, so tens of thousands of magpies came to build a bridge for the Niu Lang and Zhi Nu to meet each other. The Queen Mother was eventually moved and allowed them to meet each year on the 7th of the 7th lunar month. Hence their meeting date has been called "Qi Xi" (Double Seventh).

Apparently, there's 2 versions of the legend but this is what I've been listening and believing (plus loving) for years and I loved it. I found this Chinese Valentine's Day to be more significant than the Western one and the Chap Goh Mei as it has a meaningful story behind it.

I celebrated this particular day last time as I like that the love between Niu Lang and Zhi Nu is so deep that nothing could stand against their way. Not distance and definitely not time. Their love is ever lasting. Being faithful to each other and only being able to see each other once a year is not an easy thing. I've loved this day and will always celebrate it because I hope that my relationship and love with my now abstract partner to be as sustainable as Niu Lang and Zhi Nu's one.

Here's a lovely song to end the night: