Visitors take pictures of colorful umbrellas in Yuanmingyuan Park, which are set for celebration of Qixi Festival. [Photo by Chen Xi/For China Daily] The Yuanmingyuan Park in Beijing launched a weeklong celebration of the traditional Chinese festival Qixi on Saturday.
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Qixi, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, will be celebrated on Aug 7 this year. Dubbed as Chinese Valentine’s Day in modern times, the festival’s origin in Chinese mythology suggests it was observed as a day when Niulang and Zhinyu, a separated couple, reunited once a year.