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Ask Pingping and Jules--Singles Day
    2008-11-21 10:30:23     CRIENGLISH.com
 P: There are many holidays and festivals celebrated in China.

J: yes. I know that there are mid-autumn festival and the spring festival which are for family reunion.

P: Right. But today we are not talking about the traditional holidays. We are to talk about the singles day which falls on November 11th. Its pretty popular among the young people in recent years.

J: Really. Whats it all about? Why does it fall on the November 11th?

P: Good question. You see November 11th, there are four 1s, which stand for being single. Got it?

BR>J: Ok. Then do you know its origin?

P: It originated from the early 1990s, when college students in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, first put forward the idea of choosing the day of November 11 as the festival for single people.

J: I heard that it also had University culture. Is that true?

P: Yep. Singles Day is now a special day for all fashionable young people.

J: then what are the main ways to celebrate the day?

P: For example, they would get together with their friends and go to Karaoke, going to bars, having dinner together, or even holding a party.

J: Is there some other innovative ways?

P: yes. There are. For example: For breakfast on Singles Day, singles often eat four youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks) representing the four "ones" in "11.11" and one baozi (steamed stuffed bun) representing the middle dot.

J: please explain what does youtiao look like.

P: People also hold 'blind date' parties in an attempt to bid goodbye to their single lives. You know they may find their potential love interest through their friends. Who knows.

(Many thanks to Duggy Day for production and audio-editing.)

 
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