七夕节,中国情人节,or Simply Chinese Valentine’s Day

七夕节,中国情人节,or Simply Chinese Valentine’s Day

Can’t sleep and against my better judgement, decided to log onto here to talk about Chinese Valentine’s Day.

This year it fell on the 13th, which is the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It’s also known as Qi Xi Jie or 七夕节, a traditional holiday that has only recently been referred to as Chinese Valentine’s Day.

People believe that the star Vega, east of the Milky Way, is Zhi Nu and, at the constellation of Aquila, on the western side of the Milky Way, Niu Lang waits for his wife. On Chinese Valentine’s Day, couples go to temples to pray for everlasting love and marriage. Even single people will frequent the temple for luck in love.

The article I link to discusses the more modern interpretations of the holiday. In major metropolises like Shanghai and Beijing, single men and women attend matchmaking events, appear as contestants on dating shows, and even enlist the assistance (coaxed or not) of their parents to advertise them to prospective dates.

Much like our Valentine’s Day, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry are amongst the gifts lavishly given to girlfriends, wives, and even mistresses. 张健 and I spent most of the day lounging around at home followed by a meal at Village Cafe. 张健 treated me to a steak. We had intended to go to Green Molly for lunch, but due to the heat and as I was still battling a cold, we refrained from doing so. We didn’t even attempt to make a dinner reservation as is common on most consumer-driven holidays, the restaurant only served a four-course set menu costing at least 1,000 元 per couple!

As I should try to make an attempt to get back to bed, I’ll conclude this post with some photos from dinner and one unrelated picture of gelato 张健 and I enjoyed a week or so ago during our shopping excursion (a quartz-like update is in the works).

Lastly, thanks to Jocelyn over at Speaking of China I have some new avid readers. I’d love to get some feedback about what you would like to hear about…that goes for family and friends too!

Lately, I’ve been considering writing more about intercultural relationships, Chinese-language learning adventures and obstacles, teaching updates (when that becomes more relevant), China news and commentary, and three years of living and working abroad reflections including the pros and the cons. For those individuals who are newcomers and already do their own blogging, particularly within the China realm, where do you draw inspiration? I sometimes feel as though life is far too mundane to drudge up enough content to adequately capture other’s interests. Thoughts?

20130816-030805.jpg

Bibini Ice Cream at Vevo City would be more aptly described as gelato. Mint chocolate chip and hazelnut. 张健 prefers DQ, but I am certain he’ll change his mind once he tastes Curly’s or any number of other places that serve better ice cream.

20130816-030840.jpg

Our meal and as per usual Jason is behind the camera, or I should more accurately state behind the ipad.

9 thoughts on “七夕节,中国情人节,or Simply Chinese Valentine’s Day

  1. Jocelyn Eikenburg says:

    Interesting article about Qixi — as I’m not in China at the moment, I always enjoy reading about what’s going on!

    Glad I could introduce your blog to new readers! Hope you’ll continue the good work. 🙂

    You know, I think I can respond to your thought on how you find life mundane and thus difficult to find things to write about. That’s a problem I struggle with frequently — and perhaps it can be even more challenging to write about things because I’m currently not in China. One thing I do is I keep a running list of possible ideas to blog about (I write ideas down when they come to me, often in a notepad I carry around), which I can then return to for inspiration (when I’m not inspired). Another thing I do is just read a LOT on topics I’m interested in blogging about…whether that’s books, news or other blogs I follow. Sometimes just seeing what other people write about will then inspire me to write something as well. Also, I would add that many times I might look to past experiences as excellent material for personal essays — which also helps me to rely less on what’s happening right now for entries.

    Hope that helps!

    • maklu001 says:

      Thanks for all the great advice. It certainly helps! I make a habit of carrying around a notebook with me, whether it be a digital or paper one, but I normally use it for my to-do lists. I would certainly benefit by allowing that notebook to serve a multi-functionatory purpose. You should receive a reply to your email shortly.

  2. Alice says:

    Love your blog and I am speaking with someone from china. I would love to hear more about your life there and what it’s like. How did you get there and any advice you have. 🙂 Alice

  3. Helen Kluger says:

    The ice cream looks delicious! What are the sandwich triangles in the 2nd photo? As ALWAYS I love reading your posts. It gives me more of a visual glance into your life in China.

  4. tokyo5 says:

    Japan celebrates 七夕 too. It’s called “Tanabata” in Japan. It’s on July 7th in most of Japan.
    Sounds like it’s celebrated very differently there than here. Do Chinese people hang a 七夕 wish on a bamboo tree?

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s