Thursday, August 19, 2010
A Chinese Fairy at The Art Gallery of Perak Caves Temple Ipoh
This is a hand painted picture of a Chinese fairy drawn by a famous artist at the Perak Caves Temple, Ipoh.
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A Chinese Legend:
On Monday, August 16th 2010 was the 7th day of the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar. Long ago until the early 20th century, Chinese people celebrated this 'Valentine' festival of romance between "The Cowherd And The Weaving Girl". You can find more details by clicking this link: Wikipedia, Qixi Festival.
Ladies used cosmetics, flowers and sewing kit to pray to Weaving Girl (a fairy from heaven) and asked for beauty, excellent living skills and a good husband. Gentlemen used clothes, comb and wallet to pray to Cowherd Boy for looks, job opportunities, money and a good wife.
At this age and time, this festival is no longer practised and almost forgotten. We only see the story retold in movies and drama serials.