Today is the 11 November, also known as Singles Day in China. If you look at the date, 11.11, it looks like lonely sticks. The Chinese name for Singles day is 光棍节. It literally means “Bachelor’s Holiday”. 光棍 = bachelors and 节 = festival/holiday.
You can however broke down 光棍 (bachelor) further. This literally means “bare sticks”.
The date was chosen by a few students during the 1990’s, because the date of four consecutive ones. Singles Day is usually celebrated in China among the youth, by either enjoying the single life, or trying to get rid of the single life. They go out and have fun. This is similar to Valentine’s Day in a way, but the reverse. Celebrating (or loathing) the single life.
Here are five phrases to say on Singles Day:
我要分手 (Wǒ yào fēnshǒu) – I want to break up.
哥们，今天晚上我一起去喝酒 (Gēmen, jīntiān wǎnshàng wǒ yīqǐ qù hējiǔ) – Dude, let’s go drink tonight.
你有男朋友吗？ (Nǐ yǒu nán péngyǒu ma?) – Do you have a boyfriend?
独身的生活真厉害! (Dúshēn de shēnghuó zhēn lìhài!) – The bachelor life is awesome!
我想念我的前女友. (Wǒ xiǎngniàn wǒ de qián nǚyǒu) - I miss my ex (girlfriend).