Celebrating Valentine’s Day in China in recent year has become more popular. While some of the country’s unattached may be a little bitter about being single, some couples in China were caught celebrating their love in various ways. 

China has its own version of the love holiday, called the Qixi Festival, which is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Lunar calendar. But in recent years, the Western celebration has picked up steam among younger, middle-class Chinese. 

Here’s a look at how some chose to celebrate:

Valentine's Day China Couples pray to "Yue Lao," a god of marriage and love in Chinese mythology, at Wong Tai Sin temple, in Hong Kong, Feb. 14, 2014. Photo: Reuters Valentine's Day China A couple participates in the tradition of tying a blessed "red string of fate" on each others' wrists to improve their relationship at Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong, Feb. 14, 2014. Photo: Reuters Valentine's Day China Bystanders raise their hands to be selected as participants of a kissing contest held in celebration of Valentine's Day at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, Feb. 14, 2014. Photo: Reuters Valentine's Day China China's People's Liberation Army sends out a Valentine's Day greeting on Feb. 14, 2014. Photo: ChinaNews.com Valentine's Day China Men wearing pig masks carry their girlfriends on their backs as they run to be selected as finalists during a kissing contest held in celebration of Valentine's Day at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, Feb. 14, 2014. Photo: Reuters