Have you heard of the shopping day that has become even bigger than Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Amazon’s Prime Day, and even Boxing Day? You may want to have your alarm set because by the end of that 24 hours, it is estimated that over $20billion will be spent as it was last year.
But Singles day is about a lot more than shopping. At its root, it’s a day to celebrate singlehood, and its date falling on November 11 has a very special significance. Find out what the numerology of this Chinese celebration means for your love life.
It Was Invited In China By Students in The 1990s As An Anti-Valentine
Singles’ Day goes all the way back to the 1990s and was originally known as “Bachelor’s day.” Basically young adults got tired of finding new reasons at the dinner table to explain to their families why they were still single.
Instead, the students at China’s Nanjing University start a celebration of their own as sort of anti-Valentine’s day. It started as a joke where being single was an honor. But the activities quickly spread to the rest of the university. Then, other universities started doing the same and it became a whole event, even getting an official name change.
The Meaning Of Number “1” In Chinese Numerology
Singles day didn’t randomly fall on November 11. In Chinese Numerology the number 1 is not only the number given to winners to indicate first place. It has a much more complex cultural meaning. It is neither auspicious nor inauspicious. The number 1 can also symbolize loneliness or being single.
Now having the four ones of 11/11 was relevant to the students’ single status. The loneliest number 1, and the Chinese name Guānggùn Jié (光棍节) literally means “bare sticks day.” So if you’re single you can just call yourself a bare stick now instead.
Today Single’s Day Is The World’s Biggest Invitation For Singles To Treat Themselves
Singles day has quickly spread to become a global event. Even though it started out as a non-commercial holiday celebrated among some college friends, it is now one of the biggest sales that singles can also take advantage of.
For your unexisting love life, that means an excuse to actually celebrate! Go back to the root of the tradition, and show gratitude for the meaningful nonromantic relationships in your life. Celebrate your independence by treating yourself to the latte maker you always wanted but could never justify. This day is all about indulging because even if you’re a bare stick, you can unite with all the other sticks in celebration.
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It Could Be The Last Day Of Your Singlehood
Singles day has also taken on a new meaning in recent times. The holiday’s cultural meaning has evolved from only celebrating singlehood, to also celebrating it ending. For many singles, this is the day they say goodbye to their singlehood forever.
But how you ask? Many use Single’s day as a push to get out there and meet new people. They go on blind dates or to karaoke parties. For those in relationships, they take the day to get a special gift for their partner. The date 11/11 has also become one of the most popular wedding dates of the year as many change their relationship status from single to taken and use Single’s Day to mark their success story. The Chinese media is also expected to discuss and cover love-related issues and relationship topics, and hopefully will normalize the choice many make to never settle down.
Take A Chance On Yourself, And Accept The Invitation To Single’s Day
We don’t blame you for being frustrated with dating and wanting to stick with what’s comfortable but if you’re struggling to find and keep a quality relationship click here to find out how to break the cycle. This is your sign to get back out there. Whether that means just going with your friends and enjoying the freedom of your singlehood, or just being an in an environment where the stars could align and introduce you to your match, accept the invitation.
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