Give these traditions a try to improve your chances of finding true love. Chinese Valentine’s Day, or Qixi (七夕), is on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
- Single? Pop over to the Temple of the Matchmaker and pray for love. Couples also go there to pray for their future happiness.
- Show off your arts and craft skills. Chinese girls believe that craftiness is essential for a successful future family, so they pray to the godess Zhi Nu to increase their skills. They practice carving melons and in some provinces decorate ox’s horns for good luck.
- Make sure to wash your hair. Shiny hair is meant to bring good luck on this day.
- Another one for the girls: when the stars are high in the sky, try your luck at floating a needle on water. If it sinks, you’re not mature enough to find a husband; if it floats – you’d better start looking!
- Stare up at the night sky and see if you can spot the stars Aquila and Vega.
- Listen for the godess Zhi Nu speaking to her forbidden lover, Niu Lang, through grapevines.
Hate Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone.