[ 2007-02-08 17:28 ]
Ch'ilsok(Korean Valentine's Day)--Seventh Day of the Seventh Month
This may be the most romantic day of the calendar. Korean legend has it that Vega and Altair stars are the celestial reincarnations of two lovers, Kyonu(the cowboy) and Chingnyo(Weaving Maiden) who meet only once a year.
As the story goes, the daughter of the Heavenly King lived on the eastern side of the heavenly stream, or Milky Way, weaving beautiful pattern every night. Worried that she might be lonely, the king married her to a handsome cowboy tending flocks on the western side. But the two lovers were so caught up in romance that she neglected her weaving. In anger, the king banished her back across the stream. Their sorrow moved the king to allow her to cross the stream once a year on a bridge made of magpies and crows.
Rainfall at night signified their tears of joy, while rain on the following morning meant tears of parting. Modern day lovers visit fortune-tellers on this day to determine their prospects.