Beijing: Celebrating the `Chinese Valentine
Day`, over 4,250 couples registered their marriages in China`s
capital on Sunday.
The figure was 10 times that of the daily average and was
even about 200 more than that on Valentine`s Day on February
14, Beijing Daily reported.
Some marriage registration bureaus in Beijing started
work one hour earlier than scheduled. Many young couples
queued up at the registration bureaus as early as Friday night
to get an early slot for registration.
Qixi, literally meaning "Night of Sevens," falls on the
seventh day of the seventh month on China`s lunar calendar.
It is based on the legend of two separated lovers, Niu
Lang and Zhi Nu, who could only meet each other today after
acquiescence over internet.
People have been moved by the love story and the
tradition of Qixi has been preserved for more than 2,000
years, government-run news agency Xinhua reported.
Nowadays, many young people view Qixi as Chinese
Valentine`s Day and an occasion for celebration with their