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Double Seventh Festival (七夕节)
10:59, July 14, 2008

Chinese Valentine's Day (or "Qi Qiao Jie ") falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar (August according to the Gregorian calendar). As is the custom elsewhere in the world, this is a day devoted to romance. This year it falls on Thursday, August 7, one day before the openning of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


Two young people attending a collective blind date join their hands together as their matchmaker smiles in the background in Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province on July 29, 2006.

In China, this day is also known as "The Begging Festival" or "The Daughter's Festival." It is an important day for girls. In the evening, girls prepare melons and fruit before worship and prayers for a good marriage.


Two young people attending a collective blind date play a game as their matchmaker smiles in the background in Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province on July 29, 2006.


There are many stories as to the origins of Chinese Valentine's Day, and one of them involves the Emperor of Heaven and his seven daughters.

Two young people read details of participants for a suitable partner at the opening of a matchmaking fair at Baima Park in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, July 29, 2006.

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