Love is in the air during an annual festival celebrated tomorrow.
A Romeo and Juliet-style legend lies behind the annual Seven Sisters Festival.
On the seventh day of the seventh lunar month (August 28 this year) the Chinese celebrate what is often referred to as ‘‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’’. The key characters of the festival aren’t just star-crossed lovers, however, but actual stars. Chinese legend has it that the stars of Altair and Vega are two lovers a mortal cowherd and a goddess weaver - cruelly separated on either side of the Milky Way.
The tale has multiple variations, one of which says that the Jade Emperor (aka the Heavenly Grandfather) was appalled by the match and summoned the weaver back to the sky. When her beau tried to follow, he was banished to the other side of the Milky Way.
On the date of the festival, magpies are said to form a temporary bridge to unite the pair.
The event sees single women make offerings of food, flowers and face powder to the couple. While the festival is celebrated all over China, Lovers’ Rock in Hong Kong is particularly popular for singletons and newlyweds.