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After Valentine’s Day, what comes next is Singles Awareness Day, also known as Singles Appreciation Day. Yep, there’s such a thing, guys, and it’s celebrated on February 15th each year although some people celebrate it on February 14th as their own brand of anti-Valentine’s Day protest.
Singles Awareness Day is said to have started around 2005 in order to promote self-love and so that single people can celebrate their “singleness.” According to this article, the holiday was invented as a form of resistance to Valentine’s Day which a lot of people view as a commercialized holiday “in which a lot of pressure is placed on people to not only find a mate but also to buy the perfect gift – which usually involves flowers or jewelry.”
There’s nothing wrong with being single, but somehow single people face a stigma. Society view us single people as something outside of the norm and once we reach a certain age, we start to feel our friends’ and family’s pressure to get us married in no time.
But why does the society want us to be in a couple? If we are single, we seem to be less of a person, like there’s a problem with us or that we are incomplete, like something is missing in our life.
Anyway, how is Singles Awareness Day celebrated? Some say they spend it with their loved ones, or you know, they go to work as usual, or they take this time as an excuse to hang out with fellow single friends.
To all those who are celebrating, be fabulous and enjoy #SinglesAwarenessDay. 😄 pic.twitter.com/itwuFUWQ1v— DSRVDit (@DSRVDit) February 15, 2021
It's #SinglesAwarenessDay! Its perfectly okay to be single.— 88.5 UFM (@885_ufm) February 15, 2021
And trust us being single has its perks 😏.
What are the good things/ pros that comes with being single?
It's the freedom for us! Add yours 😁👇
Just celebrating #SinglesAwarenessDay drinking hot chocolate and reading books at a local coffee shop! Love it so much!! pic.twitter.com/Wszhl3epiW— Andy Reinhardt (@AMR736) February 13, 2021
Having said all that, what does it mean to be single in your country, guys? Is being single still a big deal where you come from? How often do you get asked why you remain single and what do you tell them? Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.
We are protesting St. Valentine’s Day! What will be next? Memorial Day?; The Fourth of July?; Labor Day?; Halloween?; Thanksgiving Day?; Christmas Day?; New Year’s Day?;
Certainly you know know better than that, or do you? There’s no protest here, the only protest is being made to feel pressure about not having a significant other, get it now? There’s good pressure and bad pressure, this one is baseless, is what’s being discussed here.
I understand what you wrote and why you wrote it.
What I wrote is indicative of the trend to deconstruct virtually everyone and everything. Hence, what I read is what I understood.
It is a “harbinger” of what will eventually come: “Nihilism” as I taught for eighteen years and I have wtinessed the trend of the societal Mind-Set.
Hypocrisy, everything losses it’s meaning has alot to do with it.
Only Feb. 14th – the day the world looks down on you because you’re single.
I don’t feel pressure from fam and friends about being single. They only talk ish about me behind my back. They don’t dare say that to my face because they fear me and rightly so. The “stigma” against singles is economic. Employers discriminate against single men. Most gay men get paid far less than straights and passed up on promotions because promotions and pay are not about job performance (we out perform straights) but “likeability.” If you do the “married gay” act, then your likeability goes up because you’re more “relateable.” I struck out on my own years ago after… Read more »
Crazy idea. Must have been created by young goodlooking people who like sleeping around and think they’ll never get old. I’m sick of being single honestly. It was fun when I was young, but now it’s my circumstance not my choice. I’d much rather be partnered than single. Being alone is nothing I want to celebrate.
I’ve enjoyed being in love, but better to be able to be happy while single too, and then there’s how you ‘do’ being single: with grace, dignity, self-respect, safely and selectively if you’re going to ‘play’ of course.
I just don’t allow for society to place expectations and unhealthy-unnecessary-trivial pressures for the sake of their bottom-line, “consumerism, market-place.” It’s much more satisfying for a couple to choose their own day all about their love for each other, than some nationally chosen day.
Was single into my thirties. Never had anyone ask a question about my marriage status. Most of the guys I play with are single. They’ve never said that anyone has ever asked them about their marriage status. One thing we do have in common is that our personal life, especially our sexual one, is something we keep private. Maybe that helps people not ask questions. A well-known quote: “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” No one is required to justify their marriage/partner status. They have complete control over their reaction when asked… Read more »
It didn’t hit me until that “Sex In The City” episode “A Woman’s Right To Shoes”. There really isn’t any means or special day that you as a single, childless individual are celebrated full stop. Everybody gets a “birthday” and if you want a “happy graduation”, you’re welcome to graduate and it’s done. Society treats you like damaged goods for being a single person, male or female, and God forbid you should be “happily single”. You’re regarded as a slut or the thing with two heads. It’s ridiculous.
For me, I’ve only had 6 relationships in my entire life (between the years of June 1996 & Sept. 1999). Been single the rest of my life. Never had the high school or college sweetheart. Longest relationship was 6 months. Now, my sister is the total opposite – had a hs & college sweetheart, dated her husband 9 years before they got married & they’re still together. My best friend tells me I’m too picky in what kind of guys I like. Yet I see so many ads (even on A4A) where guys are looking for people that probably fit… Read more »