Tanabata Festival ✰ 七夕祭
The 七夕 ( tanabata ), which means evening of the seventh, - or Star festival ★ - is originating from the Chinese Qixi festival and it was adopted in the Kyoto Imperial Palace from the Heian Period. It is celebrated on the evening of July 7 ( but it is celebrate on August 7 in some places ) to commemorate the romantic story of Orihime and Hikoboshi.
Orihime 織姫 ( weaving princess ) is the daughter of the Sky King 天帝 ( tentei ) and she wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa 天の川 ( milky way ). Because of her work she couldn't meet anyone, so her father let her to meet Hikoboshi 彦星( cow herderstar ). They fell in love ♥ with each other as they met and shortly they married. But after the marriage they didn't work anymore, so Tentei separated the lovers forbidding them to meet. Orihime was really sad about this and when Tentei saw Orihime's tears allowed her to meet Hikoboshi on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard during the year.
At this festival Japanese people write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of the home. Anyway every area has its own customs.
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