On that date, she summoned all the magpies on earth to fly to the celestial river to form a bridge for the couple to meet. There, the parents and children would have a time together. They shed tears as they expressed their longings for one another, and their wish to be united again.
On earth, the Chinese, later also the Japanese, had since celebrated the Double Seven Festival (七夕) to remember the tragic event. At night, people would search the sky for the Celestial River, known as the Milky Way, and point to two bright stars with blinking eyes…..
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