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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

WATCH: Man proposes on Emirates Shanghai-Dubai flight on 'Chinese Valentine's Day' 

Love was in the air on Flight EK303 when a hopeful groom proposed on Chinese Valentine's Day 

The groom-to-be proposes on an Emirates flight on Chinese Valentine's Day  
The groom-to-be proposes on an Emirates flight on Chinese Valentine's Day  

A woman was given the surprise of her life on a flight from Shanghai to Dubai when her boyfriend made a special announcement on Friday, which was Chinese Valentine's Day this year.

The groom-to-be said on the plane's loudspeaker: "I am grateful for all your love, support and encouragement in the past year, I would like to make this last for ever. I'd like to build a happy family with you for the rest of my life. I hope my life is full of you."

He then got down on one knee in front of the rest of the passengers and offered a bunch of red roses and a ring.

Taken by surprise, his tearful girlfriend quickly, and thankfully, said yes.

Chinese Valentine's Day is actually the Qixi Festival, and it falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

The festival is based on the myth of the "Weaving Maid and the Cowherd". The story goes that a cowherd fell in love with a goddess who was taking a bath in a pond near where he lived. They fell in love and lived happily and had twins.

When it was discovered that the Goddess Zhinu had married a mortal, she was taken away by the Jade Empress back to the skies. The cowherd, Niulang, took his children and went after them. When the Jade Empress saw him following, she became angry and ripped a river across the skies with her hairpin (which is how the tale explains the creation of the Milky Way).

The separated family were so upset, they wept continuously. Seeing this, the Jade Empress felt sorry for them and turned them into stars. (Niulang is Altair and Zhinu is Vega).

The myth follows that once a year they are allowed to meet when magpies make a bridge across the Milky Way. Altair and Vega are closest together on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month – hence Chinese Valentine's Day.

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