Monday, February 14, 2011

‡ Chinese V-Day ‡

Chinese Valentine's Day is on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar.

A love story for this day is about the 7th daughter of Emperor of Heaven and an orphaned cowherd.
The Emperor separated them.
The 7th daughter was forced to move to the star Vega and the cowherd moved to the star Altair.
They are allowed to meet only once a year on the day of 7th day of 7th lunar month.

The story began from the good-looking poor orphaned boy living with his elder brother and sister-in-law.
After his parents past away, his brother inherited the house and the land.
The boy owned an old ox.
He needed to work on the farm's field with the ox everyday.
So he was called a cowherd. His daily life was just like in a Cinderella story.

The 7th daughter of Emperor is good at handcrafting, especially weaving clothing.
So she was called a Weaving Maid.
The Emperor likes her skill to weave clouds and rainbows to beautify the world.

Chinese Valentine's Day The ox was actually an immortal from the Heaven.
He made mistakes in the Heaven and was punished as an ox in the Earth.

One day, the ox suddenly said to the cowherd,
"You are a nice person. If you want to get married, go to the brook and your wish will be come true."

The cowherd went to the brook and saw all 7 pretty daughters of Emperor came down from Heaven and took a bath in there.
Fascinated by the youngest and also the most beautiful one, he took away her fairy clothes secretly.
The other six fairies went away after bath.
The youngest couldn't fly back without her fairy clothes.
Then the cowherd appeared and told her that he would not return her clothes unless she promised to be his wife.

After a little hesitation and with a mixture of shyness and eagerness, she agreed to the request from this handsome man.
So they married and had two children two years later.

One day, the old ox was dying and told the cowherd that he should keep his hide for emergency purpose.

The Emperor found the sky's not that beautiful as before without the 7th daughter weaving clouds and rainbows.
He wanted his daughter's grandmother to find the missing daughter and to bring her back.

While the 7th princess was flying to the Heaven with her grandmother, the cowboy wore the ox hide, took his children in two bamboo baskets with his wife's old fairy clothes and chased after his wife in the sky.
The grandmother made a milky way in the sky with her hairpin, which kept them separated.

The 7th princess was moved to the star Vega (The swooping - Eagle) in the Lyra (Harp) constellation.
And the cowherd with his two children stayed in the star Altair (Flying one) in the Aquila (Eagle) constellation.
The star of Vega is also known as the Weaving Maid Star and the star of Altair is as the Cowherd Star in China.

Chinese Valentine Story Magpies were moved by their true love and many of them gathered and formed a bridge for the couple to meet in the evening of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month,
which is the day the Emperor allowed them to meet once a year.

They said that it's hard to find a magpie on Chinese Valentine's Day in China, because all magpies fly to make the bridge for the Weaving Maid and Cowherd.

The one thing to prove that is the feathers on the head of the magpies are much lesser after the Chinese Valentine's Day.
If the night Chinese Valentine's Day rains,
the rain are the tears of the Weaving Maid and Cowherd.


Dikutip dari sini,
hari ini mau mengucapkan:

Happy Valentine's Day.
Wish your day and all along will be full of love.

Hari ini gw ngasih bacaan mengenai Valentine di Timur;
kalau Valentine di kawasan Barat kan identik banget tuh dengan cokelat, bunga, dan sejenisnya,
jadi gw mau sharing tentang Valentine dari sudut pandang berbeda.

Kisahnya sih kisah klasik yang gw rasa hampir kita semua pernah dengar;
manusia yang mencuri jubah bidadari lalu menikah dengan sang bidadari sebelum akhirnya dipisahkan.

Valentine identik dengan cinta,
tetapi mau mengingatkan teman-teman sekalian,
cinta yang dimaksud bukan selalu cinta antara sepasang kekasih.

Rayakan Valentine kamu dengan keluarga kamu,
dengan sahabat kamu,
dengan orang-orang yang kamu kasihi. :)
"It's not my story, your story, his story or her story,
but it's our story, love story."

Here's a song by one of my favorite artist.
Enjoy the lovely day~ :)

+Lyrics of the day+
Today was a fairytale, you were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand, and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale, today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale, I wore a dress
You wore a dark gray t-shirt
You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
You've got a smile that takes me to another planet
Every move you make, everything you say is right
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
All that I can say is now it's getting so much clearer
Nothing made sense until the time I saw your face
Today was a fairytale

Time slows down whenever you're around
I can feel my heart, it's beating in my chest
Did you feel it?
I can't put this down

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there

It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
Today was a fairytale
(Today Was A Fairytale by Taylor Swift)

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