Celebrating Qixi in Chengdu
Foreigners in Chengdu took part in the celebration of Qixi, the Chinese Valentine’s Day, at an event organized by local website gochengdu.cn
Dating on Qixi, a program organized by gochengdu.cn to celebrate the Chinese Valentine's Day, was staged on Aug.28 in downtown Chengdu and attracted the participation of six couples from China, India, Nepal and Russia.
The day of Qixi, which is on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese lunar calendar and regarded as the day of love and romance by the Chinese people, fell on August 28 this year.
The event included many activities, such as wearing Hanfu (traditional costume of the Han nationality), Qixi ceremonies and games.
The foreigners were overjoyed when they put on Hanfu with typical styles that feature traditional patterns of the flowers of the plum, peony, chrysanthemum, orchids, rose and so on, representing elegance, beauty and auspiciousness.
They had a good time playing games, one of which had girls cover their faces with a fan while their lovers read poems until their girls, moved by the poetic feelings, meet their beloved face-to –face.
"I like this game most. That's very interesting and the poem he read to me is really beautiful," said Sita, from Nepal.
They said the event had helped them better understand the Chinese culture and traditions.
"Thank GoChengdu...to give me this opportunity to join in this wonderful event. Today, I've learned many things on Chinese culture and I'm very happy I can wear Hanfu, which is totally different from our country," said NiTiN, a student from India studying medicine in Sichuan University in Chengdu.

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