On the seventh day of the seventh month of the Japanese solar-lunar calendar, the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi meet again after being separated by the river of the Milky Way. Or so goes the legend behind Tanabata–Japan’s star festival.

While this story may have hardly anything to do with The Legend of Zelda, fans may recognize something familiar in how the festival is celebrated. Towns are decorated in bright colors, parades and carnival games fill the streets, and fireworks and wish-making last through the night.

The uncanny similarity to the Carnival of Time in Majora’s Mask didn’t go unnoticed by Nintendo. To commemorate Tanabata this year, Nintendo released a wallpaper illustration of Link wearing Majora’s Mask at a firework festival. The hero is in traditional Japanese clothing, mixing the feel of the Japanese holiday with the excitement of completing the Nintendo 64 game. A keen eye will notice a Triforce etched in the mountains in the distance.

A mobile version is available too, so check it out!

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