Shanghai Daily

A festival for couples? No! A day for girls!

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The Double Seventh Festival falls on the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar. In ancient times, the festival featured needlework skills, so the main participan­ts were young girls. As such, the day was dubbed the Girls’ Festival. It wasn’t until the 3rd-6th centuries that the Chinese legend of the “Cowhand and the Girl Weaver” was woven into the festival, which is now also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day.

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