Qixi – Chinese Valentine’s Day

Women in wedding gowns participate in a brides’ race organized by a shopping mall to celebrate the upcoming Qixi Festival in Guangzhou, China, on August 12, 2013. The Qixi Festival, also known as the Double Seven Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar, is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day. The festival falls on August 13 this year. (Reuters)




A woman holds up a pair of ornaments for Qixi, otherwise known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, in Bozhou, Anhui province, August 11, 2013. As the Qixi festival approaches, many shops in Bozhou are selling Valentine’s Day items, to satisfy the needs of young lovers. Every year, Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on July 7 of the Chinese lunar calendar. (Photo by Liu Qinli/Asianewsphoto)

Some ornaments for Qixi, otherwise known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, are displayed in a shop in Bozhou, Anhui province, August 11, 2013. As the Qixi festival approaches, many shops in Bozhou are selling Valentine’s Day items, to satisfy the needs of young lovers. Every year, Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on July 7 of the Chinese lunar calendar. (Photo by Liu Qinli/Asianewsphoto)

August 12, 2013. Ganyu county, Jiangsu province. A staff member of a florist shop is making a rose bouquet for the upcoming Qixi. With the Chinese Valentine’s Day approaching, many shops are playing the romance card to attract customers. (Photo by Si Wei/Asianewsphoto)

A young couple celebrates with a kiss after receiving their marriage license at the marriage registration office of civil affairs bureau of Guangling district in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, August 13, 2013. The Qixi festival, or the Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on August 13 this year. Many newlyweds choose this day to register their marriages. (Photo by Meng Delong/ Asianewsphoto)

Couples in Kunming in Yunnan province take part in a kissing competition ahead of the arrival of the Qixi festival, or China’s version of Valentine’s Day. Six pairs took part in the contest to see who could lock lips the longest, with the winners lasting 47 minutes before collapsing on the red carpet. (China Foto Press)

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