China's Singles' Day Is Today, And It's A Bigger Shopping Day Than Black Friday
If you're single, like me, I have great news for you!
Today is a holiday in China called "Singles' Day," and it's dedicated to anyone without a lover who has pride in being alone (it sounds a lot sadder than it is, I promise).
Apparently, it's celebrated with a major festival that people attend to dedicate their days to shopping for themselves. It's proven to become one of the biggest online shopping days in the world.
Vendors were spotted preparing for the madness with hundreds of products ready to be sold to the singles.
Although I am a little upset America doesn't celebrate the many glories of being relationship-less, I really enjoyed knowing the single ladies and gents overseas were able to celebrate their solitude.
Today's date, November 11, was carefully chosen since the number "1" represents being alone.
Clever, guys! Ha, I'm fine.
I know the name might sound intimidating, and you might not want to celebrate the fact you don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend -- I totally get it!
But rest assured there's a lot more focus on shopping than your love life during Singles' Day.
According to Business Insider, sales on the holiday have surpassed sales on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
It's also been reported sales on Singles' Day still continue to grow each year (I guess all these dating apps are failing us all).
Apparently, in 2016, the festival -- aka the "shopathon" -- counted $1 billion in sales.
You know what that means? A LOT of single people are treating themselves with presents, and I'm in full support of it.
In fact, I think I'll take a short trip to China next November if I'm still alone (which is very, very likely).
As much as I bitch and whine about being single, I guess I'm not alone. I'm also thrilled to know I'm not the only person who takes advantage of retail therapy.
Hopefully, some of the shoppers at the Singles' Day festival in China will find lovers.
If not, I'm sure their closets will be nice and full with brand-new wardrobes.