Singles' Day 11-11
Singles' Day 11-11 Reviews
Nov 07, 2007
When the 11th November is mentioned, readers may firstly think of Remembrance Day. However in China, it's "Singles' Day". This is not to be confused with Valentine's Day, which is quite popular and still observed on 14th February each year.
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice to signal the end of World War One. At 11am on 11th November 1918, the guns of the Western Front in Europe fell silent after more than four years continuous fighting.
For totally separate reasons; during the early 1990's, college students in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, first put forward the idea of choosing the day of 11th November as the festival for single people. They preferred the day because the date "11/11" consists of four 1's. It became popular, and turned into a kind of campus cultural event.
Many youths in big cities like to hold parties on the day or go to bars to enjoy themselves in twos and threes. It is reportedly no longer a taboo to be single in the People's Republic of China. Every year as Singles' Day approaches, thousands of college students and young working people post messages on how they'll spend the day on bulletin board websites such as www.xici.net and www.tianya.cn.
Singles' Day is not an official celebration in China. Neither the government nor any non-governmental organization has named it such. No one can say, either, exactly where and when it was first celebrated. But it's apparent that 11th November was chosen because the date, when written down in Arabic numerals, looks like four single people standing together.
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