Today (November 11th) is the Veteran’s Day in the western countries. In China, it’s “Bachelor’s Day”. The festival was initiated by the students at high schools and colleges. Later, it became a popular festival for the single men and women. In Chinese, “Bachelor’s Day” reads “光(guāng)棍(gùn)节(jié)，literally translated as “single stick”. Do you celebrate the “Bachelors’ Day”? Happy Bachelors’ Day to you if you are single.
Origin of Bachelor’s Day An old story goes that once there were four single men, leading very boring lives. None of them were married,or had lovers, or did anything exciting. They just sat around all day and played Mahjong. One day they played Mahjong from 11 in the morning until 11 at night. During the game, no matter who won, the winning card was always the ‘four columns’ card (the card shows four independent, parallel columns in two lines). Even more of a coincidence, it was Nov 11, or 11/11. In order to commemorate the day, they nicknamed it “Singles’ Day “.
Now Bachelor’s Day is a special day for all fashionable youths in China.The main way to celebrate “Singles’ Day ” is to have dinner with your single friends, but it’s important that each person pay their own way to show their independence. People also hold ‘blind date’ parties in an attempt to bid goodbye to their single lives.