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Date of Event: 08/23/2012 at 8:00 PM

The Double Seventh DayThe Double-Seventh Day (Chinese Valentine's Day) Qi Xi [Chee Shou]

This Thursday, join Drs. Donald Gregory and David Moore for some storytelling and star gazing. To mark the Sevens Festival, meet in the field outside of the Brown Gym. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Starting around 8 p.m., we will hear the ancient fold tale about two lovers who were eventually separated because she was a goddess and he was a mortal. We will discuss the traditions of the festival, which is diminishing in its observance in urban China. As it gets darker, Dr. Moore will point out the two stars that represent the lovers and why it is only on this night every year that they are able to be together.

The Sevens Festival, which is sometimes referred to as the Chinese Valentine's Day, is this Thursday, August 23. We will gather in the middle of the grassy field in front of the gym at 8 p.m. We will probably conclude within an hour.

Feel free to bring a sweetheart if you wish.

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