6 “forever alone” holidays you never knew existed
Hey singles: Did you know that tomorrow is Black Day? In Korea, people who didn’t receive anything for Valentine’s Day on February 14 or for White Day on March 14 gather on April 14 to eat black food while wearing black clothing – all as a semi-jokey means of mourning their singleness.
While this holiday has yet to take off in Singapore, we recommend that all the singles take some time over the long weekend to commiserate with friends over a piping hot plate of black carrot cake, followed by a round of charcoal waffles.
No time amidst the Easter festivities, you say? Here are 5 other international “forever alone” holidays for celebrating your singleness.
Yellow Day (May 14)
On Yellow Day in Korea, couples don yellow and give each other roses. Singles – especially those who didn’t get a chance to wallow over jjajangmyeon on April 14 – eat yellow curry in hope of spicing up their love life.
How to celebrate it in Singapore: Whether you prefer Indian curry, chicken curry, fish head curry, or Japanese curry, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to celebrating Yellow Day in Singapore. Just don’t forget to request extra chilli!
Singles Awareness Day (February 14)
Whether you observe Singles Awareness Day, otherwise known as S.A.D., out of spite for Valentine’s Day or out of love for your singleness, this is the perfect day to do all the stereotypical “forever alone” things possible: binging on dramas, playing with cats, and singing Jay Chou songs in KTV.
How to celebrate it in Singapore: A few hours in a cat café should do the day justice – there are at least 5 in Singapore to choose from.
Singles’ Day (November 11)
There’s no better time to commemorate your singleness than on a date consisting entirely of 1’s. In China, Singles’ Day has become synonymous with retail therapy, with online shopping sites such as Taobao and Tmall offering an abundance of deals.
How to celebrate it in Singapore: Get ready to increase your credit card limits -- local online retailers, such as Zalora, RedMart and Naiise offer tons of discounts on Singles’ Day, because after all, who needs a boyfriend or girlfriend to buy things for you when you can just buy them yourself?
International Quirkyalone Day (February 14)
Are you a kooky singleton with a penchant for DIY and a thirst for adventure? Then check out International Quirkyalone Day, a “do-it-yourself” celebration of independence, friendship, and love. Unlike other anti-Valentine’s Day holidays, International Quirkyalone Day is NOT for couple-hating or self-pity; rather, it’s a day dedicated to celebrating all of the things single people can do, such as throwing a party, going for a nature walk, scrapbooking, or buying new clothes.
How to celebrate it in Singapore: Dedicate a full day to doing “quirky” things, such as taking naps in IKEA, signing up for a terrarium-making class, or exploring hipster hangout du jour: Seletar Aerospace Park -- all in the company of your singletons, of course!
BONUS: Ice Cream For Breakfast Day (first Saturday of February)
Being single means being able to do whatever you want – even if that means eating ice cream first thing in the day. And anyway, if you’ve ever watched a rom-com, you’ll know that there’s no better way to lament your floundering love life than by digging into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. So why not get started early?
How to celebrate it in Singapore: Thanks to the ubiquity of soft serve on waffles at local cafes, we’ve celebrated Ice Cream For Breakfast day at least a dozen times this year.