Singles Awareness Day is on February 15, so if you’re single and totally despise Valentine’s Day in all of its commercial glory, this is the perfect holiday for you.
Originally, Valentine’s Day became a SAD (Singles Awareness Day) day for people without significant others, so they decided to revolt and take that acronym back. They chose empowerment and self-love instead of indulging in a self-loathing soiree.
In the words of pop sensation, Lizzo, “True love finally happens when you’re by yourself.” Singles Awareness Day is now celebrated by loving yourself!
When is Singles Awareness Day 2023?
Singles Awareness Day is February 15th, the day after Valentine's Day.
History of Singles Awareness Day
Like all great movements, Singles Awareness Day was created from feelings of isolation. Around 2001, Dustin Barnes decided to create a day for his group of friends to enjoy their singleness rather than drown in their sorrows. This group of high school boys not only chose February 15 as a protest of Valentine’s Day but also realized they could score candy and love-themed items at a huge discount. What’s better than chocolates and truffles? 50% off of chocolates and truffles, of course.
Dustin carried the tradition from his high school on to Mississippi State University, where the holiday gained popularity. Singles Awareness Day was legitimately copyrighted in 2005 and continued to grow from there. Considering that almost half of the U.S. population is single, according to census results, it’s no surprise that this day became so popular. College students began celebrating the day with their single friends by exchanging gifts, throwing parties, and going on friend dates.
Now adults of all ages celebrate the day as a reminder that you don’t need a relationship to celebrate love. You can love yourself, your family, and your friends. There’s no reason to feel lonely around Valentine’s Day when love is all around you. The holiday continues to evolve as people own their singleness and express self-love. The hashtag #SinglesAwarenessDay currently has over 55,000 posts on Instagram and counting.
Ultimately, Dustin found a singles church group where he met his wife. By celebrating Singles Awareness Day, you could potentially meet your future spouse. You never know!
Singles Awareness Day timeline
Dustin Barnes creates Singles Awareness Day for those who celebrated Valentine’s Day alone.
Singles Awareness Day becomes official by receiving its copyright.
Joseph Vincent created a music video for Single Awareness Day that reached over 2 million views.
#SingleAwarenessDay reaches 55,000 posts on Instagram and 78,000 impressions on Twitter.
Singles Awareness Day Traditions
The joy and freedom of being single are celebrated on Singles Awareness Day. Single people head out partying with friends, without having a partner to report back to. Love is given to the person most deserving of it by gifting themselves a present or even ordering a bouquet of flowers. As the opposite shade to red, green is the color of the day, although many people just wear black as an ‘anti-love’ statement. The single life comes with a lot of perks, but this day is also a way to let others know that you are available so a lot of meet-ups at parties happen too.
Singles Awareness Day By Numbers
106 million – The number of adults currently unmarried in the United States.
44% – The percentage of people in the U.S. who are single
13 million – The number of singles living with relatives who are unmarried.
10% – The percentage of adults who claim they will never marry.
15 million – The number of older adults are living alone
$26,444 – The average cost of a wedding in the United States
62% – The percentage of rented homes taken by singles.
9.1% – The percentage of households run by single parents.
Singles Awareness Day FAQs
What color do I wear?
Of course, you’re free to wear whatever color makes you feel good, but we do have some recommendations. Many people wear green since it’s the complementary opposite of red. Another popular option is an absence of color (black), to symbolize an absence of celebration, like a statement of opposition.
What if I want a relationship?
This day is all about freedom and independence. You have the freedom to celebrate however you choose with whatever goal in mind. Put on your best suit or dress and go meet your new boo. Go to a party or speed dating event, or simply cast the intention of meeting someone special. It’s all up to you.
Where should introverts celebrate?
So you want to put yourself out there, but you don’t know how? That’s completely understandable and also easy to overcome. You can attend a mix and mingle party with your friends or a small singles gathering at a bar. Your friends will make you more comfortable, and you can always leave an event if you become overwhelmed. Meditate before you leave. You got this!
Singles Awareness Day Activities
Is self-care watching “the Notebook” in your undies with a carton of Haagen Dazs? Is it a spa day, shopping spree, or solo dinner? Whatever self-care looks like for you, do it! The world is your oyster.
Take a solo trip
Solo travel is an invigorating way to boost confidence. The journey is one of self-discovery and self-awareness. It creates opportunities for experiences you may have otherwise overlooked, and it allows you to meet new people in a whole new way. Point to a destination on a map and pack a bag.
Attend a speed dating event
Let’s face it. You were tired of swiping your way through Tinder anyway. Get off the couch and go meet new people the old school way — in person.
5 Facts About Chocolate That Will Blow Your Mind
It was used as a currency
Cacao beans were so valuable to early Mesoamericans that they were used as currency.
It requires patience
Farmers must wait four to five years for a cacao tree to produce its first beans.
The Swiss are obsessed with it
Switzerland created chocolate, so naturally, they lead the world in chocolate consumption with 22.36 lbs per person.
The English revolutionized it
In 1842, the England-based Cadbury company made the very first chocolate bar.
It’s kind of a vegetable
The cacao bean grows on the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), an evergreen from the family Malvaceae (other members of the family include okra and cotton).
Why We Love Singles Awareness Day
You meet more people on your own
Whether it's because you're more willing to put yourself out there, or people are more willing to talk to someone on their own, being single often means you are meeting lots of interesting people, wherever you go.
You can become the best version of yourself
You often have time on your hands, as a single person, to read books, develop a hobby, deepen friendships—and yes, even go on dates. The theme of these activities is that you get to know who you are, pretty well.
You have complete freedom
What do you want to eat tonight? Where would you like to vacation? Is it ok to splurge on those jeans you've been eying? When you're single, you can do what makes you happy. No compromises are necessary.
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