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Chinese celebrate Qixi Festival in various ways

2012-08-23 09:31:02 GMT2012-08-23 17:31:02(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

People of the Miao and Li ethnic groups gather to splash water to pray for good fortune at the Qixi Festival celebration gala in Baoting Autonomous County of Li and Miao, south China's Hainan Province, Aug. 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)

Citizens select flowers in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, Aug. 23, 2012, to greet the Chinese Valentine's Day, or the Qixi Festival. (Xinhua/Lin Hong) (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)

A shop assistant arranges flowers for sale in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, on Aug. 23, 2012, the Qixi Festival, or Chinese Valentine's Day.(Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)

A couple show their marriage certificates after marriage registration in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 23, 2012. Young couples across the country rushed to get registered on Thursday, Chinese Valentine's Day, or Qixi Festival.(Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)

A couple get registered for marriage in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 23, 2012. Young couples across the country rushed to get registered on Thursday, Chinese Valentine's Day, or Qixi Festival.(Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)

New couples attend a group wedding ceremony at the central square of Shenmu County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Aug. 23, 2012. A total of 22 new couples in the county participated in the group wedding on Thursday, the Qixi Festival, or Chinese Valentine's Day.(Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)

Thursday is the Qixi Festival, or Chinese Valentine's Day.

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