中国的情人节

时间:2022-1-11 作者:我爱英语网

The seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is known as Qi Xi Jie or 七夕情人节, a traditional holiday that has been recently called China’s Valentine’s Day.

The 2,000-plus-year-old holiday marks the star-crossed love between a cow herder Niulang and Zhinu, a weaver of clouds and the daughter of the Jade Emperor who is the Daoist ruler of heaven.

The story goes that the two fell in love and got married, but their bond was met with disapproval by Wangmu, Zhinu’s mother and the queen of heaven. Niulang is viewed as the star Altair and Zhinu as the star Vega. With a swift move of her hairpin, she separated the two with a river in the sky, known today as the Milky Way.

But the queen took pity on them and gave them one night of the year to spend together. On Qi Xi Jie, the queen is said to send magpies to bridge the celestial gap between the two star lovers.

Rooted in Astronomy:

The tale seems to be an interpretation of the prominence of the two stars Altair and Vega, which together with Deneb, make up the Western constellation, The Summer Triangle, which is highly visible in the summer in the northern hemisphere.

In an interview with Xinhua, Beijing Normal University folklore professor Xiao Fang said that the rejuvenation of the holiday in China is due to two phenomenons.

"First, it is a natural response to the challenges of Western festivals, such as the Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Secondly, people need special occasions to channel their affections so they want such a festival to socialize," Fang told Xinhua.

Modern Interpretations:

Many Chinese view it as another chance to buy gifts for their sweethearts, and the holiday is repeated again on February 14, where Valentine’s culture appears to have permeated the earth.

The lovers were once immortalized by Song Dynasty poet Qin Guan. Thanks to Dr. Kylie Hsu from Cal State Los Angeles, here is a translation of that poem Fairy of the Magpie BridgeA great line from Hsu’s translation: "A night of rendezvous, across the autumn sky. Surpasses joy on earth."Watch a youtube video of last one Qi Xi Jie celebration here.

Comments: when more and more young people are celebrating x’mas at the end of year, many westerners also show great interest in the traditional Chinese festivals, such as Spring Festival and Qi Xi. It is a good thing when Chinese culture has been widespread around the world and will become a dominant role in the globalized context.

声明:本文内容由互联网用户自发贡献自行上传,本网站不拥有所有权,未作人工编辑处理,也不承担相关法律责任。如果您发现有涉嫌版权的内容,欢迎发送邮件至:375750496@qq.com 进行举报,并提供相关证据,工作人员会在5个工作日内联系你,一经查实,本站将立刻删除涉嫌侵权内容。

今日推荐

简短搞笑英文笑话_幽默故事带翻译

多阅读一些搞笑的英文笑话,能激起我们阅读英语的兴趣,从而提高英语的阅读能力,今天学习啦小编在这里为大家分享一些简短搞笑英文笑话,欢迎大家阅读!简短搞笑英文笑话:钥匙还是接吻friend of mine was giving an Engli