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2011-11-11
What is Guang gun jie or Single’s Day in China (光棍节) - November 11 Holiday


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It’s a pretty big holiday in China, and and an opportunity for bars and establishments to raise their sales. Guang gun jie (光棍节) is basically "Singles Day". Literally translated single sticks day it is a celebration of all people that are single. In this night many friend circles get all together, and the objective is to end the night not being single.

Many bars or other establishments organize parties and get as many boys and girls together and organize games in order to pair up the singles in the party.

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.

The number one also symbolizes singularity, and they say here in China that this year 11.11.2011 is the most "singlest" day there could be, because of so many ones.

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