valentine's day in 2010
 
Valentine's Day in China

"情人节(qíngrénjié) Valentine's Day" will be on the 14th of February. Nowadays, Chinese people also celebrate this special day in various ways.

Many young lovers in China go for a special Valentine's Day dinner with lighting candles. People often float red, pink, and white helium-filled balloons or hang fresh flowers above their dining table. In addition, they like to create a romantic atmosphere with music wafting through the room.

"情人节电影(qíngrénjié diànyǐng) Valentine's Day movies" are also very popular in China. Lovers go to cinema together to see a moving love story. Moreover, a lot of young Chinese people like to go to Karaoke to enjoy a romantic "情人节(qíngrénjié) Valentine's Day."

 
Chinese Valentine's Day--七夕节(qīxī jié) The Seventh Eve.

Most young people in China are also keen of Saint Valentine's Day. Actually, in China we have a similar holiday dedicated for love, as in the west. In Chinese, it's called "七夕节(qīxī jié) The Seventh Eve."It is also known as "中国情人节(zhōngguó qíngrén jié) Chinese Valentine's Day"and "女儿节(nǚér jié) The Daughter's Day." It occurs on the seventh day of the seventh month on the Chinese lunar calendar. This day was originated from a beautiful love story. The seventh daughter of the Goddess of Heaven, 织女(zhīnǚ) Zhi Nv, fell in love with a cowherd called 牛郎(niúláng) Niu Lang. Regardless of the taboo that an immortal could not marry a mortal, she decided to marry Niu Lang. They lived happily for several years. Eventually, however, the Goddess of Heaven became fed up with her daughter's absence, and ordered her to return to heaven. However, the mother took pity on the couple and allowed them to reunite once a year. Legend has it that on the seventh night of the seventh moon, magpies form a bridge with their wings for Zhi Nv to cross to meet her husband.

In ancient times, various activities were held to celebrate the festival in different places, but young people nowadays like to release the "孔明灯(kŏngmíngdēng) Hung Ming lanterns"on the Chinese Valentine's Day, which was invented by Zhuge Kongming at the time of Three Kingdoms. In the evening, lovers make good wishes together and light Hung Ming lanterns with full blessings of faithful love between them, just like the love between Niu Lang and Zhi Nv.

 
Saint Valentine's Day Greetings

On Saint Valentine's Day, you can hear all kinds of greetings for Valentine's Day such as "情人节快乐(Qíngrénjié kuàilè) Happy Valentine's Day!" "情(qíng)"represents all kinds of emotion such as "爱情(àiqíng) love," "亲情(qīnqíng) the feelings between family members," but here, it means love. "人(rén)" means person or people. So "情人(qíngrén)" means lovers and is the same as another Chinese word "情侣(qínglǚ)." The character "节(jié)" means festival, which comes from the Chinese word "节日(jiérì)." So "情人节(qíngrénjié)" means the lovers' festival, namely, Valentine's Day. "快(kuài)" means fast and "乐()" means happiness.
At such a romantic festival, it is a great chance to express yourself to your loved one.

Here we offer you some classic Chinese expressions on this special day:

好希望陪着你一直到老,让你做我手心里的宝。我爱你!
Hăo xīwàng péizhe nǐ yìzhí dào lăo, ràng nǐ zuò wŏ shŏuxīn lǐ de băo. Wŏ ài nǐ!
I hope to accompany you until we are old, and let you become a treasure in my palm. I love you!

每一天都为你心跳,每一刻都被你感动,每一秒都为你担心。有你的感觉真好!
Měi yì tiān dōu wèi nǐ xīntiào, měi yí kè dōu bèi nǐ găndòng, měi yì miăo dōu wèi nǐ dānxīn. Yŏu nǐ de gănjué zhēn hăo!
Every day my heart beats for you; every moment I am moved by you; every second I am concerned about you. I feel so good to be with you!

 
Valentine's Day Gifts
On Saint Valentine's Day, people usually send "巧克力(qiăokèlì) chocolate" as Valentine's Day gift. Different chocolates represent different meanings. For instance, the heart-shaped chocolate stands for "My heart belongs to you," and black chocolate stands for "Stick together through thick and thin." Meanwhile on the Chinese Valentine's Day, "玫瑰花(méiguī huā) rose" is an essential gift. What's more, different numbers also stand for different meanings: one rose means "我的心中只有你(Wŏ de xīnzhōng zhí yŏu nǐ) You are the only one in my heart;" three roses means "我爱你(wŏ ài nǐ) I love you;" nine roses means "永恒(yŏnghéng) forever;" eleven roses means "最爱(zuìài) the dearest;" ninety-nine roses means "天长地久(tiānchángdìjiǔ) Love you forever" and three hundred sixty and five roses means "天天想你(Tiān tiān xiăng nǐ) Miss you everyday!" Oftentimes a Valentine's Day Card will accompany the roses.
 
Valentine's Day Songs

甜蜜蜜(tiánmìmì) Sweet
Listen to this song

甜蜜蜜
Tiánmìmì
Sweet
你笑得甜蜜蜜
Nǐ xiào de tiánmìmì
You are smiling so sweetly
好像花儿开在春风里
Hăoxiàng huā'r kāi zài chūnfēng lǐ
Like a flower blooming in the wind in Spring
开在春风里
Kāi zài chūnfēng lǐ
Blooming in the wind in Spring
在哪里
Zài nălǐ
Where
在哪里见过你
Zài nălǐ jiànguò nǐ
I must have met you somewhere
你的笑容这样熟悉
Nǐ de xiàoróng zhèyàng shúxī
Your smile is so familiar to me
我一时想不起
Wŏ yī shí xiăng bù qǐ
But I can't recall right away
啊~~在梦里
Ā~~ zài mèng lǐ
Ah~ in my dreams
梦里梦里见过你
Mèng lǐ mèng lǐ jiànguò nǐ
I have met you in my dreams
甜蜜笑得多甜蜜
Tiánmì xiào dé duō tiánmì
Sweet, you are smiling so sweetly
是你
Shì nǐ
It is you
是你
Shì nǐ
It is you
梦见的就是你
Mèngjiàn de jiùshì nǐ
It is you that I have dreamed of
在哪里
Zài nălǐ
Where
在哪里见过你
Zài nălǐ jiànguò nǐ
I must have met you somewhere
你的笑容这样熟悉
Nǐ de xiàoróng zhèyàng shúxī
Your smile is so familiar to me
我一时想不起
Wŏ yī shí xiăng bù qǐ
But I can't recall suddenly
啊~~在梦里
Ā~~ zài mèng lǐ
Ah~ in my dreams
在哪里
Zài nălǐ
Where
在哪里见过你
Zài nălǐ jiànguò nǐ
I must have met you somewhere
你的笑容这样熟悉
Nǐ de xiàoróng zhèyàng shúxī

Your smile is so familiar to me
我一时想不起
Wŏ yī shí xiăng bù qǐ
But I can't recall right away
啊~~在梦里
Ā~~ zài mèng lǐ
Ah~ in my dreams
梦里梦里见过你
Mèng lǐ mèng lǐ jiànguò nǐ
In my dreams, I have met you in my dreams
甜蜜笑得多甜蜜
Tiánmì xiào dé duō tiánmì
Sweet, you are smiling so sweetly
是你
Shì nǐ
It is you
是你
Shì nǐ
It is you
梦见的就是你
Mèngjiàn de jiùshì nǐ
It is you that I have dreamed about
在哪里
Zài nălǐ
Where
在哪里见过你
Zài nălǐ jiànguò nǐ
I must have met you somewhere
你的笑容这样熟悉
Nǐ de xiàoróng zhèyàng shúxī
Your smile is so familiar to me
我一时想不起
Wŏ yī shí xiăng bù qǐ
But I can't recall right away
啊~~在梦里
Ā~~ zài mèng lǐ
Ah~ in my dreams
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