in Chinese means ‘Day for Human’. It falls on the
seventh day of the Lunar New Year. This legend is one of
the several versions on the creation of the human being..
of years ago, heaven and earth joint like a gigantic
hard-case eggshell. Pangu, a human form being, was asleep
inside, curled up with his head resting on his legs.
thousand of years, Pangu awoke for the first time. He
found himself crammed in the dark, with hardly any room to
move a muscle. Slowly and painfully, he struggled to stand
up, pushing the upper piece of the eggshell above him with
all his strength. The eggshell finally broke into half.
that the two halves would not rejoin, Pangu held the upper
piece of the eggshell high up, his feet planted firmly on
the lower piece. This went on for million of years, until
the upper piece evolved into heaven, the other piece
evolved into earth. By this time, heaven and earth was
permanently separated, and Pangu fell dead from
his death, Pangu’s left eye became the sun, right eye
became the moon. His breath changed into wind and cloud,
his blood became lakes and roaring rivers. His body and
limbs turn into mountains, muscle changed into fertile
land. His hair turn into flowers and plants, sweat became
sweet dew. Earth was transformed into a picturesque
a million-year or so, Goddess Nuwa happened to pass by.
She immediately took a liking to this serene land. She
explored mountains, danced in fields, sang in forests. She
drank dew to quench thirst and made numerous
flower-crowns. But after a while, she sensed something was
amiss. It was the complete silence. There was no life form
of any kind.
Nuwa found it too lonesome, and a waste that such a lovely
place went unappreciated. She started moulding out of
soil. As she kneaded, the figurines came alive. Animals
such as horse, sheep, rooster, dog, pig and ox appeared.
Still, something was amiss. It hit on her when she saw her
own reflection by the lake. She started molding in her
likeness. The figurine came alive. This was the first
human being - created on the seventh day since Goddess
Nuwa arrived on earth.
the seventh day of the Lunar month is the day of
celebration for the birth of mankind, and for remembrance
of Pangu and Goddess Nuwa.