Singles Day falls on every November 11th, and as the name
indicates, this relatively new holiday is one exclusively for people who are
still living the single life. I was a bit surprised when I googled 'Singles Day'
on the Internet, to find that China is the only country in the world that has
set aside a special day for singles to celebrate their lives. To find out more
about this celebration, read on.
Origin of Singles
An old story goes that once there were four single men, leading very boring
lives. None of them were married, or had lovers, or did anything exciting. They
just sat around all day and played Mahjong.
One day they played Mahjong
from 11 in the morning until 11 at night. During the game, no matter who won,
the winning card was always the 'four columns' card (the card shows four
independent, parallel columns in two lines). Even more of a coincidence, it was
Nov 11, or 11/11. In order to commemorate the day, they nicknamed it Singles
Singles Day was first celebrated at various universities in Nanjing, capital
city of Jiangsu Province during the 1990s. It got the name Singles Day because
the date is comprised of four "ones". These college students have since
graduated, and carried their university tradition into society. Singles Day is
now a special day for all fashionable youths.
The main way to celebrate Singles Day is to have dinner
with your single friends, but it's important that each person pay their own way
to show their independence. People also hold 'blind date' parties in an attempt
to bid goodbye to their single lives.
For breakfast on Singles Day, singles often eat four youtiao (deep-fried
dough sticks) representing the four "ones" in "11.11" and one baozi (steamed
stuffed buns) representing the middle dot.
Many singles also choose to say goodbye to their single lives on this day.
Many attend 'blind date' parties and many people choose to marry on this day. In
addition to meaning 'single' the four 'ones' of the date can also mean 'only
one' as in 'the only one for me.' Some people will use this date and this
meaning to tell their special someone that they are the only 'one' in their
Don't worry, be happy!
Love for Singles Day
Quest for romance, down new silk road