Not to be confused with the November 11 shopping bonanza held in China, National Singles Day is about paying homage to all those beautiful single people in America, baby. You wouldn’t know this based on the daily flood of couples pictures on Instagram, but the U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that there are 110.6 million single American adults – that’s up from 1.6 million from 2016. Single people are all around us! They check out our groceries, they go to our gyms, and they even hold various governmental offices throughout our fair country. So why is it so hard to meet literally any one person that’s good enough to date then love for the rest of our lives? We can’t tell you why, but NationalToday can help nudge you in the right direction — whether that’s buying a cat and embracing that you’re going to be single forever, or leaving your house and finding the person of your dreams! Get out there, honey, and live your truth!
When is National Singles Day 2018?
National Singles Day in the U.S. is on September 22. The similarly-named Chinese holiday, Singles Day, is on November 11.
National Singles Day - History
Rihanna is single
"Guys need attention," she says. "I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work – but I will not give it to a man right now."
Taylor Swift builds a money empire out of her failed relationships
"1989," the best-selling album of 2014, is simultaneously Swift's break up with country music and a mourning of her one-month relationship with Harry Styles, referencing him literally and contextually in three songs on the album.
Barbie and Ken break up
Their business manager told the Associated Press that Barbie and Ken "feel it’s time to spend some quality time — apart." Since then, the two have lived separately in plastic paradise, their cupped hands ne'er to meet again.
Beethoven: too ugly and half crazy
Magdalena Willman said no to his proposal, later telling her nephew that Beethoven was "too ugly and half crazy."
Queen Elizabeth I shuts it down
In response to pressure from England's lords to choose a mate, Queen Elizabeth I replies: "If I am to disclose to you what I should prefer... it is this: beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married!"
National Singles Day Activities
1. Delete your ex's number
Do it for real this time. Delete them off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Venmo, and any and all platforms that might beguile either of you to slide into their inbox in a rare moment of weakness.
2. Hit the club
Or the farmer's market, or the gym, or a church benefit — but do it solo. No, you don't have to be on the prowl. It's not about meeting people — there's every other day of the year for that. It's about showing up as the proud single person you are. Let your single flag fly.
3. Marry yourself
This activity is for National Singles Day extremists ONLY. If you want to cement your single status forever, plan a ceremony, invite all your friends, and promise to love, cherish and honor yourself in sickness and in health. This is technically legal but will not be recognized as a valid marriage certificate by the United States government.
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Why We Love National Singles Day
A. The world is yours
On every other day of the year, America revolves around couples. Valentine's Day. Wedding season. Halloween. Baby showers, bridal showers, children's birthdays. Gross! Not to mention the constant pressure from your friends and family to partner up ASAP, as if the perfect human could be ordered on Amazon Prime Now and delivered to your door in 30 minutes. But not on National Singles Day — it's all about you, you, you, you, you, you, you.
B. Nobody loves you when you're single
And by "nobody" we mean every major movie studio, restaurant, and travel company. There's no romantic getaway package to Paris for one. Today, take a page out of the China's Singles Day celebration, and splurge on something ridiculous to make yourself feel better. Buy a couples massage package and enjoy 2x as much massaging!
C. Relationships are crippling
Catering your plans to someone else's schedule? Throwing away your career aspirations? Moving to the suburbs? Unsubscribe, please!