Tainan celebrates coming-of-age on Lovers' Day

The seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, Aug. 26, marks the Chinese Valentine's Day, but in Tainan, it has also been the day that children begin to be considered as adults. In order to let even more domestic and foreign visitors get acquainted with this local tradition, the Tayih Landis Tainan Hotel is holding an exhibition of typical ceremonial clothing in its main hall from Aug. 24 to 31. Visitors can try on the clothes for free, and help celebrate this significant step in a person's life.
According to local tradition, the Seven Maidens protect children from birth until their 16th birthday. Another reason for the important date is that in traditional stevedoring circles in Tainan, workers began to receive a full adult wage beginning on their 16th birthday. On the Seven Maidens' birthday, on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, the people of Tainan celebrate the coming of age of their children. The ceremony expresses the children's gratitude for this heavenly protection, and symbolizes their passage into adulthood and their ability to form a family and set up a business.
As the top luxury hotel in Tainan, the Tayih Landis is holding a series of special events until Sept. 30 to help the children show their gratitude to their parents. A tea ceremony will see the 16-year-olds receive a portion of tea and all-you-can-drink fruit juices.

Updated : 2021-01-28 17:58 GMT+08:00