Singles Day (Guang Gun Jie/光棍节) in China is an informal holiday that takes its inspiration from the four 1’s in the date 11.11, representing being single. Some celebrate freedom while others are filled with anxiety over being lonely. Long and singular foods like youtiao and pretzel rod snacks like Pocky or Pepero should be consumed to commemorate standing alone. Think of it as the Anti-Valentine’s Day.
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.
Singles Day in China
Alliance Française du Shandong brings to town Philippe Bizot in “Baptiste”, a story of the life of the 18-century artist credited with being the first modern mime, Jean-Gaspard Deburau. Bizot has been touring China with his dance and Pantomime act, due to perform in Qingdao on November 11. The show is on the Laoshan campus of Ocean University. Free tickets available at the Alliance Française du Shandong office at 23 Xianggang Dong Lu, Rm. 510 and at Redstar in Creative 100, Rm. 401.
When: November 11, 7.30 pm
Venue: Ocean University (Laoshan) Music Hall
Info: 8590.6232 / 134.7544.4482