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中国情人节——七夕节(Chinese Valentine's Day:The Double Seventh Festival)  

2011-07-18 10:44:53|  分类: 英语学习 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. In China, this day is also known as "The Begging Festival".
阴历77是中国的情人节——七夕。在中国,七夕又称乞巧节——七夕节的不同英文名称翻译

The seventh daughter of the Emperor of Heaven, the Weaving Maid, and an orphaned cowherd were separated by the Emperor; the girl was forced to move to the star Vega and the cowherd, to the star Altair. They were only allowed to meet on the magpie bridge over the Milky Way once a year on the day of seventh day of seventh lunar month - Chinese Valentine's Day.
七夕的来历,是因为玉皇大帝的女儿织女爱上了穷小子牛郎,两人被强行分开,一年之中,只有七夕当晚才能在鹊桥上见面。

下面用英文讲讲七夕节背后的美丽传说:

The Double Seventh Festival, on the 7th day of the 7th lunarmonth, is a traditional festival full of romance. It often goes into August in the Gregorian calendar.

 

This festival is in mid-summer when the weather is warm and the grass and trees reveal their luxuriousgreens. At night when the sky is dotted with stars, and people can see the Milky Way spanning from the north to the south. On each bank of it is a bright star, which see each other from afar. They are the Cowherd and Weaver Maid, and about them there is a beautiful love story passed down from generation to generation.

 

Long, long ago, there was an honest and kind-hearted fellow named Niu Lang (Cowhand). His parents died when he was a child. Later he was driven out of his home by his sister-in-law. So he lived by himself herding cattle and farming. One day, a fairy from heaven Zhi Nu (Weaver Maid) fell in love with him and came down secretly to earth and married him. The cowhandfarmed in the field and the Weaver Maid wove at home. They lived a happy life and gave birth to a boy and a girl. Unfortunately, the God of Heaven soon found out the fact and ordered the Queen Mother of the Western Heavens to bring the Weaver Maid back.

 

With the help of celestial cattle, the Cowhand flew to heaven with his son and daughter. At the time when he was about to catch up with his wife, the Queen Mother took off one of her gold hairpins and made a stroke. One billowyriver appeared in front of the Cowhand. The Cowhand and Weaver Maid were separated on the two banks forever and could only feel their tears. Their loyaltyto love touched magpies, so tens of thousands of magpies came to build a bridge for the Cowhand and Weaver Maid to meet each other. The Queen Mother was eventually moved and allowed them to meet each year on the 7th of the 7th lunar month. Hence their meeting date has been called "Qi Xi" (Double Seventh).

 

Scholars have shown the Double Seventh Festival originated from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD220). Historical documents from the Eastern Jin Dynasty (AD371-420) mention the festival, while records from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) depict the grand evening banquetof Emperor Taizong and his concubines. By the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties, special articles for the "Qi Xi" were seen being sold on markets in the capital. The bustling markets demonstrated the significance of the festival.

 

关键词汇:
lunar calendar
:阴历,现在通行的阳历是solar calendarlunar表示月亮的,英文名Luna其实是月亮女神的名字,有取这个名字的女生是不是觉得很开心呢?

cowherd:放牛人,也即牛郎;同样的一个词是shepherd,羊倌,两个词都有一个-herd后缀,herd放牧人的意思,不过通常都是作为后缀来构成“XX牧人的词。

magpie:喜鹊,帮助牛郎织女见面的大功臣哦。虽然在七夕的传说中,喜鹊给情人们带来幸福,但是magpie这个词却有一个贬义的用法,就是用来形容话多的人:She chatters like a magpie. 她说起话来就没个完。

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