You may be noticing an extra skip in your step or the smell of roses lately and that can only mean one thing… It's Chinese Valentine’s day!
Hopeless romantics and lovebirds unite as we celebrate The Qixi Festival. This festival falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month and is the most romantic of all traditional Chinese holidays. For those who have not yet heard, the legend behind Chinese Valentine's Day revolves around two forbidden lovers, Zhinhu, a weaver girl and daughter of a powerful goddess, and Niulang, a humble cowherd, who were separated and only permitted to meet once a year at the Magpie bridge on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
Qixi Festival has been observed for over 2,000 years and for good reason. Traditionally, it is a day when women dress up in Hanfu – a traditional Chinese clothing - and spend the day offering tea, wine, flowers, and various fruits to pray to Zhinu for wisdom and to grant their wishes. At night, women would also gather around and compete with each other on threading a needle. A popular dish that is cooked and eaten during Qixi is the Qiaoguo, a fried thin pastry of different shapes, made with oil, flour, sugar, and honey. People believe that by eating Qiaoguo, it will help reunite the couple on the Magpie Bridge.
These days, only a few of these customs remain, and it’s become a time to celebrate the star-crossed lovers with grand romantic gestures, giving each other gifts and flowers, and going on dates. Whether you're thinking of trying out some Qiaoguo or just showing your significant other some extra love, here are some ideas on how to celebrate Qixi and keep the rich heritage and tradition alive right here at World Square.
Taste of Shanghai
What better way to celebrate Chinese Valentine’s day than to share in a love of food, a passion for tradition, and an authentic taste of Asia by dining at Taste of Shanghai. Their signature house-made Shanghainese specialties xiao long bao and pan-fried pork buns are made with authentic flavours and traditional techniques, which will transport your senses through the streets of Shanghai.
Indulge in some sweet treats in this dessert destination. There’s nothing more romantic than sharing a Hug Mug or the Chocolate Fondue for Two. P.S. Dark chocolate is also considered an aphrodisiac!
How about having a romantic movie night indoors? Make it even more memorable by getting matching PJs from Peter Alexander, and just spend some quality time chatting the night away.
Bring back the old school romance by writing a handwritten letter to your loved one and gifting them with a token that reminds you of your partner. With creative and funky celebration cards, trinkets, and gift wrappers from Typo, make this day more special by giving them something personal that will make lasting memories.
It’s always nice to give—and receive—a little token of affection. Pandora is the place to go for matching charms to remind yourselves of your special days together. Visit Pandora from the 28th July – 4th August to make the most of their Chinese Valentine’s campaign.
Ono Massage & Wellness
Spend some quality time together with some R&R at Ono Massage & Wellness. Having a relaxing whole body massage together can be an excellent way to introduce your partner or even yourself to something different and beneficial to your physical and mental well-being.
DJ’s Creative Hair
Give a delightful surprise to your S.O. by stopping over at DJ’s Creative Hair for a fresh and creative cut and colour. You can also try a new hairstyle to spice things up for a fun date night out.
Get dolled up in the colours of love with PERIPERA’s latest “Pink:terest” collection. This fun and vibrant eyeshadow palette comes in 8 different shades of baby pinks and shimmery glitters. Pair this with their newly launched neutral, nude, and soft colours for their best selling Ink Velvet lip tint to give you a romantic look to last the date night through.
No matter how you celebrate Chinese Valentine’s day this year, we hope your day is filled with love, good food and even better company.