Happy Valentine’s Day

I know, I know, it’s not February 14, but I learned something new about Chinese culture today–that this day is, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, a day for love.  This is based on a myth of a Cowherd and a Weaver Maid who are separated by the Queen Mother of the Western Heavens (would that be Elizabeth, perchance?), and they are only allowed to meet on this night.  The festival is called "QiXi," and falls on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar.  Qi means 7 and Xi means happiness and is a common character used to celebrate love and weddings.  If you’d like to read more about this festival, you can read this article in the China Daily.

Happy QiXi to everyone!