Japan in the Nara period (710-784) when Chinese culture began to be introduced to Japan, the Japanese also have a legend about Orihime and Hikoboshi. Orihime (織 姫) is the daughter of Jade Emperor. She weaves and embroideries very well. When it was time to get married, Ngoc Hoang let her join the cowherd Hikoboshi (彦 星) who lived on the other side of the Milky Way. However, after getting married, both husband and wife were engrossed in having fun neglecting work. Ngoc Hoang was angry, ordering the two to separate. Because of being too sad, both of them fell ill. Before that situation, Ngoc Hoang allowed the two to meet once a year on the 7th of the seventh lunar month. The ceremony to honor the two constellations Niu Lang and Chuc Nu along with their love story was received by the royal aristocracy and called Kikkoden (乞巧 奠). The noble ladies of the Heian period (784-1185) combined Kikkoden with the legend of Orihime and Hikobosi to organize a festival of stars with the desire to become skillful women, both the chief and in art and calligraphy. Since then, although the name of the festival is written in Chinese characters “Seven” (ie “Night of the 7th”), but with the meaning of promoting the indigenous, the festival is called “Tanabata” which is synonymous with the word The “loom” of a silk weaving girl in the legend of the Japanese nation.
On the day of the festival, the Japanese write their wishes on plots of colorful Tanzaku paper and hang them on a bamboo branch in front of their house to pray that Orihime will help them be more skillful in sewing, writing beautiful letters as well as wish want Hikoboshi to bring them good crops and prosperity. Although originating from China, but the Japanese show this holiday in a unique and extremely unique way.
Today, from the 6th to the 8th day of the solar calendar, the Lost Festival is held in many places across Japan.
Please come and join with us to celebrate this festival.