Tanabata

Japanese - A Shinto goddess of weaving. Daughter of the god of the firmament. She spent much of her time weaving but neglected her work when she fell in love with Hikoboshi whose ox was then allowed to wander free, doing much damage. Her father caused her to be separated from him by a celestial river (The Milky Way) and they met thereafter only once a year when flocks of magpies formed a bridge spanning the river. In some accounts, the name is used for the festival (7th July or 7th August) dedicated to the Weaving Lady and Hikoboshi. Sometimes identified as Tanabata, Chih Nü, Chih Nü, Heavenly Weaving Girl, Weaving Lady, Weaving Maiden, Lyra, Weaving Maid(en), Japanese Tanabata, Magpie Bridge, Magpie Bridge, magpie, Hikoboshi, Shokujo, Shokujo or Tanabata.
Japanese - A festival, held on July 7th, in honour of Hikoboshi and Tanabata. Identified as Tanabata, Chih Nü, Chih Nü, Heavenly Weaving Girl, Weaving Lady, Weaving Maiden, Lyra, Weaving Maid(en), Japanese Tanabata, Magpie Bridge, Magpie Bridge, magpie, Hikoboshi, Shokujo, Shokujo or Tanabata.

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