Article by Mikayla Riza Alba
Edited by Regiena Siy and Nikka Gan
Romantic relationships have always been appealing, which is why we often hear ourselves or others saying: “sana all.” Having a significant other indeed feels like a fairytale because you get to go on dates, hold hands while walking, and give each other gifts, but what about those who are single? Who’s there for them?
Fortunately, there is a national holiday in China for all the singles out there. Singles Day, or Guānggùn jié (光棍节), is a Chinese commercial holiday celebrated every November 11. It was started by a group of students from Nanjing University in the 1990s, and it eventually became a beloved holiday that’s celebrated throughout China. How or why it was started remains unclear, and it’s funny how this day with two pairs of ones represents the single people. Nevertheless, being single is not a problem when you have friends and family to make you feel loved, so here’s a list of how you can show some TLC to your single friends!
Send them a random yet genuine message.
Greet them happy singles’ day.
Surprise them with a gift.
Check up on them.
It always feels good when we know someone cares for us, so checking up on your single friends on November 11 can help them feel more appreciated. Even sending memes or random TikTok videos that remind you of them can mean a lot, especially now when our inbox is always full of messages on orgwork, academics, or people needing something from us. It will surely be a relief to receive a message of genuine care.
All these are great ways to care for your single friends, even from a distance. Connecting with each other is possible even virtually, and showing that you care doesn’t have to be on Single’s Day only! We can light up each other’s days through a simple act of kindness, so let’s continue being caring and loving amidst the loneliness.