Singles’ Day is celebrated on November 11th. This is a day for people who are single. Why November 11? Because of the link between the number 1 and single people. This is a very famous day in China and Chinese people like to celebrate it, they usually go to Karaoke or to parties to meet new single people.
Initially Singles’ Day was celebrated in some universities in Nanjing but became more and more popular during the ‘90s and nowadays is celebrated in a lot of parts of China. Originally celebrated only by males (The name was then Bachelor’s day) it is now celebrated by both genders.
How to celebrate Singles’ Day like the Chinese? You can have breakfast which represents the four 1 (11/11) for example eat four Youtiao (deep fried dough sticks) and a baozi which represents the dot. If you do this, you just might be lucky enough not to be celebrating Singles’ Day next year. Then you need to attend a party or meet some friends and do something together.
The four ones of November 11th can also mean “only one” which is used by some people to confess their love: “You are the only one in my heart.”
While you can get a lot of discounts online for clothes, travelling, food, etc. , some companies found a great great opportunity to make money: movie theaters, amusement parks, pubs often organize a special night for Singles’ Day and prices are increasing a lot.
Some phrases for Singles’ Day?
Singles’ Day = 光棍节 pinyin: Guānggùn Jié
Happy Singles’ Day = 光棍节快乐 pinyin: Guānggùn Jié kuàilè
Single person = 单身 pinyin: dānshēn
Couple = 夫妻 pinyin: fūqī
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