The tanabata festival is just coming,here is an artical about
the tanabata festival.
On the bright summer night,stars shine in the sky and the
Milky way throughout north and south like a beautiful bridge.
There are two beautiful and bright stars which watching each
other all the year on the each side of the river.This is so called
Niulang star and Zhiv star.
It is the custom to watch the Niulang star and Zhiv star in
July seventh in China.According to the legend,It is the time
that Niulang star meet Zhinv star at milky way.Zhinv is a
beautiful and clever fairy.Women all beg intelligence and
skill from her and also happy marriage in this night.So July
seventh also called Qiqiao festival.
The original of tanabata festival
Tanabata also called Qiqiao festival which started from
Han dynasty.The earliest explanation of this festival is that
it is derive from people’s worship to nature.
From the historical documents,at least three or four thousand
years ago.Along with the understanding of astronomy and the
generation of Textile technical,there is some records about
Niulang and Zhinv star.
Legend of tanabata festival
According the legend,niulang was a pathetic boy whose
parents died early and often abused by brother but a old
cow accompanied him all the time.One day the old cow gave
him a counsel which teaching him how to marry with Zhinv.
Niulang did everything according what old cow said.
When taht day comes,seven beautiful fairies bathed in the
river and played with water.Niulang hidden in the reed as
old cow’ saying then suddenly ran out and took Zhinv’s
clothes.Panicked fairies put on their clothes quickly and flew
away,but the rest Zhinv.In the Niulang’s supplication,Zhinv
promise to be his wife.After marriage,niulang plowed and
they leaved happily and soon zhinv give birth to a boy and a
girl for nvlang. Later, the cow told him to keep its skin and
cover it when he meet some trouble after its dead.
Then old cow died ,the couple peel off the skin with deep
sorrow and buried old cow on the hillside.
But happy life didn’t last long ,soon loving husband and wife were
separated. After knowing nvlang and zhinv’s marriage , emperor and
queen in the heaven flew into a rage and ordered the devas to recapture
The devas grabbed zhinv while niulang is not at home. Finding
the disappear of zhinv, niulang covered cow skin immediately
and took two children to pursue zhinv. Seeing that niulang
should catch up, the Queen Mother unplug the Jinzan and
waved in the sky, suddenly the Milky Way appeared a choppy ,
niulang and zhinv were separated on the two side of river
only feel their tears.
From then on niulang and zhinv watched each other on the
each side of Milky Way all the time. Later ,moved by their love,
emperor and queen mother allow them meet each year on July
7 at the Magpie Bridge.