The Star Festival

Good morning sleepy heads!! I’m trying to work but all I think about is wearing my PJs and sleep… And beside that I feel I’m coming down with something, it seems I’m getting sick… I took two Cold & Sinus Advil caplets… Still I’m not sure I’m fine… I think July isn’t my month this year…

Even though one of my favorite festival stories is in this month… The Star Festival, Tanabata meaning “Evening of the seventh”. They say the festival stays for 2 weeks or more depending on the country, so basically somewhere in the world should be a very lucky place right now… The festival celebrates love. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.

People generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations or on the “Wish Tree” The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.

It is said that the day should be in 2012-08-24 this year. So until 24th of August, I should prepare a celebration.

There is also a traditional Tanabata song:

The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle
on the gold and silver grains of sand.
The five-color paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
they watch us from heaven.

I think I should try this, I want to wish for a few things and because it will only be Suha and I, I think we are allowed a few more wishes than one.

I want to wish for: Health, wealth, power, love, beauty, creativity, family, success and happiness… But I got to say, mostly love. I wish for love and marriage.


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