At Qixi, Xuhui Children Experience Traditional Ceremonial Rituals



"In the night of Qixi (Chinese Valentine’s Day), Niulang and Zhinv Meet on the Magpie Bridge. Girls pray to Zhinv so desperately that they have used up all the red silk,” so depicts in a traditional Chinese poem. Qixi Festival, also known as the "Qiaoqiao Festival", is a traditional Chinese celebration. As recorded in "Xijing Zaji", girls in Han Dynasty pierced seven holes on their clothes on this day and would wear beautiful new clothes to pray for wisdom, beauty and dexterity in needlework in the courtyard. The praying methods differ in different parts of China, while the most common ones are needling and competition with small items.


In order to promote traditional culture, inherit traditional folk customs, and further establish cultural confidence, on the occasion of the upcoming festival, Xuhui District Cultural Center invited Zigui Cultural Communication Studio to hold the Han Costume and Etiquette Experience at Caohejing Cultural Center, as part of the “Colorful Children’s Fun in Xuhui” summer vacation series activities. This activity, in line with the speculations from Shanghai Municipal Civilization Committee on organizing the “Our Festival” series of themed activities, was held by Xuhui to carry out the Chinese cultural activities during the important traditional festivals, vigorously disseminate and promote the outstanding Chinese traditional culture, and cultivate and practice the socialist core values.


The 15 lucky children who signed up on the WeChat public account of Xuhui Cultural Center participated in the event.


On the day of the event, the children experienced a traditional ceremony of the girl's pray to Zhinv—pierce seven holes with needle on the lotus root, compete on the floating needle in the copper basin, make DIY crafts based on material packages and tutorials, and write down their wishes on card and pray for wisdom. Finally, the organizer selected a girl to wear the Han costume, revitalizing the subtle, slender, gentle beauty of a young Han girl.


After the event, the children expressed their wish to have more opportunities for such an entertaining experience, because they not only learned a crafting skills, but also learned about the origins and customs of the festival, fully impressed by the profound traditional Chinese culture.


The organizers also hope that through such activities, they can better consolidate the Chinese culture, carry forward the essence of the culture, inherit the best of it, and contribute greatly to the revitalization of the Chinese dream in terms of culture building.

 (Source: Xuhui Cultural Center)