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The Qi Xi Jie , one of Chinese traditional festivals(Chinese Valentine's day ),is originated from a fabulous legend. |
Long long ago, there's a clever and honest young man (cowboy)who lost his father and mother when he was a little kid. As a result, he had to live with his older brother whose wife was stingy and narrow-hearted. Unfortunately, the cowboy was often mistreated by his elder brother's wife even though he did lots of working..... One autumn, his brother's wife ordered the young man to go to the hill to graze cattle.She gave cowboy nine cattle and told him to bring back ten head of cattle back , otherwise he should not stay in her house.
Having no idea, the pitiful cowboy had to leave home.In other words, he was just kicked away from his brother's house by the vicious woman. The cowboy went into the hill with depression , chasing his nine cattle. Then an old man with grey beard appeared before him. "Young man, why did you look so frustrated ?" Asked the old man. The cowboy told his unlucky experience to the old man.After hearing the man's suffering, the old man told him that there's a hurted ox in the Funiu hill and he could take it home if he took good care of it and made it recovered.
So the cowboy headed for the Funiu hill. Finally he found the old and hurted ox after taking a long way. Seeing the old cattle in such a serious condition, the cowboy cut some green grass to feed it. After three days, the old ox came to itself and told the man "I'm a celestial creature in the heaven and was expelled onto the earth as punishment due to breaking the rules of the heaven ".After a few days later, the old ox completely recovered from its' illness. The cowboy and the ox became good friend and the ox decided to repay the young man who saved his life...
The young man took the old ox and his former nine cattle back home. But the eviled woman didn't feel contented. Instead of treating the man better , she forced the cowboy to leave her house again... Desperatedly, the cowboy went away with his only reliant friend the ox.
One day , Vega girl and some fairies went onto the earth to play, then they swam in a river. With the help of the old ox, the cowboy acquainted the Vega girl. The two fell into love with one another the first sight the meet... Later , the Vega descended to the human's world and got married with the cowboy in secret... To their pleasure, they two lived a happy life with a son and a daughter. However, the happy moment didn't last long. Then the queen of the heaven(Wangmu niangniang) got to know Vega's deed, she flied into a fury . She wanted to take Vega back to the heaven.
The Vega girl was forcefully taken back to the heaven and the couple was sadly separated. The cowboy fell into desperation and cried so miserably. Thinking of his reliant friend, he decided turned to the ox to get some help. The ox told the cowboy that he could go to the heaven with the help of a pair of shoes which are made from its skin after it died.. Then after the ox died, the cowboy made a pair of shoes with the ox's skin... Taking his son and daughter together, cowboy flied forward to looking for his lover Vega. After a while, he saw his wife waving her hands towards him. So he accelerated his speed to see his lover earlier. Unfortunately, the queen blocked his road with the milky way. In consequence, the cowboy and the Vega girl had no choice but staring at one another in each bank of the silver river, with tears roolling down from their eyes.....
The pied magpies were deeply moved by the loyalty to their love, so they built up a pie bridge above the milky way to let cowboy and vega to meet each other to expree their affection. Faced with huge amout of pied magpie and the two lovers' true love, the queen agreed to their meeting , but only once a year , on 7th, July in lunar calendar. Thus, the cowboy and Vega girl met on 7th, July each year....
Hope all lovers happy... Have a nice day on 7th, July,2007.
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