Celebrate love with Google Doodle on Qixi festival 2023. Know all about Zhinu and Niulang story

Date nights, gifts, worshipping the God of matchmaking, yes we are talking about Taiwan's widely celebrated festival Qixi. The traditional festival celebrates the spirit of love and the story of Zhinü and Niulang

Livemint
Updated22 Aug 2023, 07:07 AM IST
Google is celebrating Qixi Festival 2023 with its doodle on Tuesday
Google is celebrating Qixi Festival 2023 with its doodle on Tuesday

Today's Google Doodle: Whole Taiwan will celebrate the spirit of love today on the occasion of Qixi Festival 2023. The festival is also known as Double Seventh Festival, Magpie Festival, or Night of Sevens. It is also popular in other Asian cultures as well. 

The day is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, couples old and new share their love and affection for one another.

Today's Google Doodle showcased a beautiful night scenery with Taiwanese people looking at the sky filled with shinning stars. The doodle is also a tribute to the love story of Zhinü and Niulang which is a famous folklore among people in Taiwan.

The folk tale is a love story of the weaver girl Zhinü and the cowherd Niulang. One may find ample number of versions of the story in the country. But the famous ones narrate their struggle for each other beyond stars and moons.

One day, Niulang’s old cow revealed that a group of beautiful fairies would be gathering in a nearby spring. Among the fairies was the heavenly weaver, Zhinü. Struck with love at first sight, Niulang stole her magical clothing that helped her return to heaven, turning her into an earthly woman. They married and had two children.

They were living a happy life until Zhinu's parents were unaware about the marriage. After they knew about the trick, they sent down heavenly escorts to retrieve her. To get her wife back on Earth, Niulang tried to chase after her with a flying coat, but Zhinü’s mother created the Silver River (or the Milky Way) to stop him. 

Moved by the undeterred love of Niulang, the magpies gathered and formed a bridge over the celestial river to help them reunite. Moved by this phenomenon, Zhinü’s father agreed to let the two lovers meet on the seventh day of the seventh month each year.

On this day, people celebrate their love for their partners by attending operatic plays that retell the folk story, exchanging handmade gifts, enjoying intimate date nights, and more. Singles who are in search of love visit Yuelao temples, where the God of matchmaking is worshipped.

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.MoreLess
First Published:22 Aug 2023, 07:07 AM IST
HomeNewsWorldCelebrate love with Google Doodle on Qixi festival 2023. Know all about Zhinu and Niulang story

Get Instant Loan up to ₹10 Lakh!

  • Employment Type

    Most Active Stocks

    Tata Steel

    157.75
    03:43 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -8.6 (-5.17%)

    Tata Power

    414.15
    03:59 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -15.85 (-3.69%)

    Bharat Electronics

    306.30
    03:45 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -7.2 (-2.3%)

    Zee Entertainment Enterprises

    137.55
    03:57 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -4.9 (-3.44%)
    More Active Stocks

    Market Snapshot

    • Top Gainers
    • Top Losers
    • 52 Week High

    Tata Teleservices Maharashtra

    102.11
    03:59 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    4.68 (4.8%)

    Rail Vikas Nigam

    614.00
    03:59 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    27.65 (4.72%)

    Jubilant Pharmova

    752.25
    03:43 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    25.3 (3.48%)

    One 97 Communications

    458.70
    03:55 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    13.65 (3.07%)
    More from Top Gainers

    Recommended For You

      More Recommendations

      Gold Prices

      • 24K
      • 22K
      Bangalore
      75,217.00292.00
      Chennai
      75,657.001,099.00
      Delhi
      74,485.00-659.00
      Kolkata
      74,485.00-73.00

      Fuel Price

      • Petrol
      • Diesel
      Bangalore
      102.86/L0.00
      Chennai
      100.75/L0.00
      Kolkata
      104.95/L0.00
      New Delhi
      94.72/L0.00
      OPEN IN APP
      HomeMarketsPremiumInstant LoanBudget