Singles Day

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 11 is Remembrance Day for Commonwealth countries.  At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, as it was when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, we stop for a minute's silence to pay our respects to those who fought in the war.
In China, however, November 11 signifies something which can only be described as the complete opposite to what I'm used to.
It is Single's Day here.  With a few festivals dedicated towards love and coupledom, Singles Day was created to celebrate those of us who have not yet found our life partner. It was chosen to happen on this day due to the abundance of one's in the date, and the correlation that the number 1 has with singles.
Many singles eat 4 deep-fried dough sticks shaped like a 1 and a bun shaped like a dot, to represent the 11.11 of the date.
Unsurprisingly, this 'holiday' has been well and truly taken over by commercialism. Online shops have discounts of 50% on the majority of their products.  I think it's a bit ironic that for most women who would have used the opportunity of Singles Day to go out and mingle and try to not be single by the next Singles Day, are instead spending the day inside, in front of their computer, shopping up a storm.  Yesterday, $5.75 billion was spent online in just 24 hours-- a record for online shopping in a single day in the world. One popular shopping website, Alibaba, had 402 million unique visitors to it's website yesterday, and have organised 152 million parcels to send out as a result.
The slogan I saw on a website for Singles Day was "Let's not be lonely."  I don't know how to feel about that, really.  Is it motivating and uplifting, or subtly depressing?
It is not really an important holiday by any stretch of the imagination, but it is fun to have a day dedicated to all the singles ladies and men who don't have much to do on Valentine's Day.
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Sharon on

Just say the word and I will start match making for you here in Australia. I have a proven track record for choosing men :)

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