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?