Qixi Festival also known as Magpie Festival, falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar.
The 7th day of the 7th Chinese month is the day when the seventh fairy gets together with Dong Yong on the Magpie Bridge, according to the old tale. The seventh fairy in heaven fell in love with Dong Yong, but they were separated, and were only allowed to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month.
Nowadays that day has become Chinese Valentine’s Day. In Baoting County Hainan Province, where the ethnic minorities live, people splash water over their loves, expressing their affection through water. On that day, people splash and play with water, put on various performances in the square, display wedding performances of the Li and Miao people, exhibit costumes, sing folk songs in pairs, eat snacks with Li and Miao local flavor, have large-scale bamboo dances in formation, hold jamborees attended by tens of thousands of people, have colorful processions of vehicles dragged by cattle, and explore Qixian Ridge.
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