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Tanabata at July 7


According to Chinese legend, a god separated a pair of stars that were lovers. Because the Weaver (Vega) was so lovesick for the Cowherd (Altair) she neglected her weaving, so the god put the Milky Way between them. The only chance they have to see each other is on the night of July 7th. The Star Festival, Tanabata, based on this legend, has been held since the Edo period in Japan. People write their wishes on strips of colored paper, hang them on the branches of leafy bamboo stems and out them outside at night.


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