- 13 August 2013 (Seventh Moon, Day 7)
- Lovers' Stone, Bowen Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Seven Sisters Festival
The Seven Sisters Festival falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. You can find the Western calendar date here.
Informally known as ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’ (along with the Spring Lantern Festival) the Seven Sisters Festival has its origins in the two stars Altair and Vega. Chinese legend tells that these shining beauties are actually two lovers – a mortal cowherd and a goddess weaver – who have been cruelly separated on either side of the Milky Way. While the tale has several variations, many say that on this date each year the magpies of the world take pity on the star-crossed pair and form a temporary bridge for them to be united.
The festival is traditionally celebrated with needlework competitions, the burning of incense and young women making offerings to the lovesick goddess weaver and her cowherd beau. But in Hong Kong, some young romantics make additional offerings at Lovers’ Rock on Bowen Road in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.
MTR Wan Chai Staton Exit A3, walk along Tai Yuen Street take Bus 15 at Queen's Road East and get off at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, then walk along Bowen Road for around 30 minutes.