Origin of Singles Day 节日起源
Singles Day was first celebrated at variousuniversities in Nanjing, capital city of JiangsuProvince during the 1990s. It got the name SinglesDay because the date is comprised of four "ones". These college students have since graduated, and carried their university tradition into society. Singles Day is now a special day for allfashionable youths.
An old story goes that once there were four single men, leading very boring lives. None ofthem were married, or had lovers, or did anything exciting. They just sat around all day andplayed Mahjong.
One day they played Mahjong from 11 in the morning until 11 at night. During the game, nomatter who won, the winning card was always the ’four columns’ card (the card shows fourindependent, parallel columns in two lines). Even more of a coincidence, it was Nov 11, or 11/11. In order to commemorate the day, they nicknamed it Singles Day.
Various parties on Singles' Day 光棍节庆祝活动
The main way to celebrate Singles Day is to have dinner with your single friends, but it’simportant that each person pay their own way to show their independence. People also hold ’blind date’ parties in an attempt to bid goodbye to their single lives.
Many singles also choose to say goodbye to their single lives on this day. Many attend ’blinddate’ parties and many people choose to marry on this day. In addition to meaning ’single’ thefour ’ones’ of the date can also mean ’only one’ as in ’the only one for me.’ Some people will usethis date and this meaning to tell their special someone that they are the only ’one’ in theirheart.
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BEIJING – Commander-in-chief of China’s mannedspace program Chang Wanquan announced earlyTuesday that the launch of Shenzhou-8 unmannedspacecraft is successful.
The spacecraft was successfully sent into the designated orbit after the blastoff at 5:58 am atthe Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern desert area, carried by an upgraded LongMarch-2F rocket.
It is heading to rendezvous with the Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace-1" that was put intospace on September 29 for the country’s first space docking.
The docking, if successful, will pave the way for China to operate a permanent space stationaround 2020, and make the nation the world’s third to do so.
The docking will happen within two days after the launch of the Shenzhou VIII at a height of 343 km above Earth’s surface. The spacecraft will return to Earth after two docking operations.