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So Valentines weekend is upon us but if you were living in China then you’d be a little early celebrating. Almost 6 months early in fact. In the Chinese calendar, Valentines falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month which happens to be the 9th of August to the rest of us!

Historically its based off the story of an Emperors daughter who fell in love with a cowherd but after her father forced them apart they were only allowed to see each other on the 7th day of the 7th month.
It’s a long story that involves the daughter trying to escape from her father’s rule and meet her valentine but needless to say, it has a happy ending.

They could only meet in the stars to keep away from her father. Magpies were moved by their true love and many of them gathered and formed a bridge for the couple to meet in the evening of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month.
They said that it’s hard to find a magpie on Chinese Valentine’s Day in China because all magpies fly to make the bridge for the Princess and Cowherd.

So if you think making a good choice on flowers and picking the right place for dinner ( ahem… Royal Villa… Obviously) just think you could have it a lot harder!