Singles’ Day: Meaning, Date, History, Activities & Quotes

July 13, 2022 5 min read

Singles' Day, also known as Double 11, began as a student celebration in China in the mid-1990s. On this day, single friends would go out to dine, watch movies, and go shopping.

1. What is the Date Of Singles’ Day? 

In China, November 11 is usually Singles Day. The date 11/11 was chosen to represent four barren sticks. It is a Chinese business holiday that allows single people to celebrate their independence. It began as a celebration of being single, with single students at China's Nanjing University choosing November 11 (because 11/11 looks like a collection of sticks) to rejoice rather than bemoan their lack of a companion.

Singles' Day is an opportunity for single people to mingle and plan parties. The festival was originally celebrated only by young men, hence the name Bachelors' Day. However, both sexes now widely celebrate it. On this day, blind dating events are common in an attempt to change the attendees' single status. Some universities host special events to bring singles together for the occasion. Singles may become irritated or self-deprecating as a result of remaining single as a university student, but university programs have helped to mitigate that negativity. [Citation required] Although this date is designed to honor singlehood, young Chinese people frequently express their wish to find a husband or companion on this date, and the Chinese media discusses various love-related themes.

2. History of Singles’ Day

Singles' Day, also known as Bachelors' Day, began in 1993 at Nanjing University. During the 1990s, Singles' Day celebrations extended to numerous more Nanjing institutions. The date 11 November (11/11) was chosen because it depicts four singles.

There are various theories as to why the Singles' Day festival was created. The most widely held belief is that the holiday arose from the dorm atmosphere at Nanjing University. According to one origin tale, in 1993, four male students from Nanjing University's Mingcai Wuzhu (all single guys) dorm discussed how they could break away from the monotony of being single and decided that November 11 would be a day of festivities and celebrations in honor of being single. These activities extended throughout the campus and subsequently into society. With the rise of social media, the event has grown in popularity within contemporary Chinese culture and society.

3. Activities on Singles’ Day

You sassy single, get out there and mingle.

Singles Day in China began as "Bachelor's Day," and many singles would desire to find the ideal person. Why not organize a blind dating mixer for your single friends? Who knows what might occur?!

Spend money on that ridiculous something for yourself.

In the footsteps of Alibaba, retailers all over the world are introducing one-of-a-kind, singles-focused bargains. Take advantage of the exceptional offers—a one-way ticket to Fiji? Please, yes.

Make a gratitude list for yourself and share it on social media.

List at least ten things you admire about yourself—you pay your bills, you went to yoga class today, you're killing it at work. Share it with your friends and see how much greatness you can generate. If you're loving yourself, chances are others will follow suit.

Karaoke Night on Singles Day

Back in the 1990s, one of the most popular ways to celebrate Singles Day was to go out for karaoke (though, back then, the idea was still to meet someone who could alleviate your single status). Grab your friends and head to the nearest karaoke bar for a night of singing your favorite single-status-themed songs. Make a nod to Singles Day history by selecting some of your favorite 90s tracks.

Weekend Getaway for Singles

This year, Singles Day falls on a Thursday, making it ideal for a weekend getaway. So get out there and enjoy yourself. Plan a brief break for you and your favorite friends from Thursday through Sunday. Perhaps you'll visit a charming bed and breakfast in the mountains and go hiking before the weather turns cold. Maybe you make that spa trip into a full-fledged weekend getaway. Maybe you go somewhere where you can let loose for a few days, like Vegas.

A Delicious Snack

Don't like flowers that will die in a matter of days? Send yourself a delicious treat, such as one from Edible Arrangements or a local bakery. Chocolates, fruit, biscuits, cupcakes – anything you like, get it delivered and enjoy the simple luxury of not having to share your treats with anyone.

A Long-Awaited Luxury Good

In the past, luxury shops have participated in Singles Day promotions by hosting their shopping events. Keep a lookout for sales from your favorite designers, as well as high-end retailers like Nordstrom, around mid-November. This could be the ideal opportunity to treat yourself to that fancy item you've been eyeing but haven't had the right excuse to buy.

Allow Yourself a Day Off

You may have a problem if your single life centers around work. It's all too easy to become married to your job when you don't have any other big commitments in your life. Give yourself a day off for Singles Day — or two, since it falls on a Thursday. You can do everything you want or nothing at all. Sleep in, avoid checking email and enjoy the freedom of not having to do anything you don't want to do.

4. Singles’ Day Quotes

- “Sun is alone, but it still shines”

- “Being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely.”

- “Single is no longer a lack of options – but a choice.”

- “The right one will find me when it’s time.” — Keri Hilson

- “I like being single, I’m always there when I need Me.” – Art Leo

- “I call it being self-partnered.” —Emma Watson

- “Being single is pretty good. It’s a nice sense of irresponsibility

Being single is about celebrating and appreciating your own space that you’re in

Being single gives you time to be by yourself, with yourself

I am as single as a dollar and not looking for a change!

I am not single. I’m in a long-term relationship with fun and freedom

I’m single but I ignore people like I’m taken.

Ohh yes, I am single. So, what?

I’m not searching for my other half because I’m not a half.

I love being single. It’s almost like being rich.

Being single isn’t a time to be looking for love. Use that time to work on yourself and grow as an individual.”

- “Being single doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’re strong enough to wait for what you deserve.” —Niall Horan

- “I have been single for a very long time but there is nothing lonely about my life.” —Teri Hatcher

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