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- Singles Awareness Day is officially celebrated on February 15.
- It’s a day dedicated to recognizing singles either by gift giving or small get-togethers.
- In my opinion, it doesn’t seem like a necessary or a happy holiday.
I didn’t know there was such a thing as Singles Awareness Day. I thought it was something people hashtagged on Instagram if they didn’t post a couples picture on Valentine’s Day. But Singles Awareness Day is a thing, and it’s formally celebrated on February 15. According to the holiday’s official website, it was created as a day in which all single people can proudly stand up and show that it’s OK to be single.
I’ll admit that I’m not completely sold on the whole Singles Awareness Day. My immediate thought when I learned of the realness of the holiday is that it’s sad (coincidentally, its acronym is also SAD). But why do I think of it this way? I was single for six years and I totally recognize the benefits of not being in a relationship.
It’s just that … I don’t appreciate the necessity of Singles Awareness Day. So I spoke with a relationship expert to dig deeper into why Singles Awareness Day should exist. Here’s what we came up with.
The motivation behind it seems off
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The date of Singles Awareness Day makes it seem like a pushback against Valentine’s Day.
“It’s a refreshing change of pace to know that you can survive Valentine’s Day and move on to your day,” reads the SAD website.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t seem like something anyone should need to survive. If anything, single people should just celebrate on February 14.
“Why not have a celebration for singles who are not celebrating Valentine’s Day with a partner, on Valentine’s Day,” relationship expert, April Masini told INSIDER. “I’d rather see Valentine’s Day be about all kinds of love – including a love of being single – instead of having a retaliation holiday on a completely separate date.”
It doesn’t seem like a happy holiday
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Celebrating a holiday is usually wishing someone else to have a happy day. For instance, Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Halloween, Happy Easter. But I find it hard to believe that anyone would feel good being the recipient of “Happy Singles Day.” It, in my opinion, doesn’t have a positive ring to it.
Further, how people celebrate the holiday doesn’t sound like too much of a celebration.
A website called Holidays Calendar suggests buying yourself something, going out to dinner with friends, spending time alone with yourself, or use it as a day for self-improvement and self-analysis. Don’t get me wrong, I love those suggestions but that’s also called Sunday night for me.
The exclusive holiday doesn’t include a chunk of the population
Before you fire away with the argument that Valentine’s Day is exclusive to couples, it’s not. Valentine’s Day is about love and expressing and celebrating that love. Singles can show love on Valentine’s Day by celebrating with friends, family, and pets. They can also, as April said, celebrate the love of being single.
Though you don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you do have to be single to celebrate Singles Awareness Day. Single’s Awareness Day seems to be exclusively for singles, and, according to CNN, singles only make up 47.3% of the population.
Is it really necessary?
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I don’t see the defining value of Singles Awareness Day. Yes, I understand it’s to celebrate singles, but that’s also kind of celebrating who you are at that moment in time. The concept behind the holiday seems full of air.
“If we’re going to have Singles Awareness Day, why not have National Marrieds Day, National Couples Day, or National Divorced-Persons Day?” April asked INSIDER. “It seems like a holiday with no real meaning behind it – just an excuse to spend time, energy, and money celebrating singles.”
I think Singles Awareness Day isolates a group of people who might not want to be isolated. Plus, the word “awareness” doesn’t exactly imply a celebration. In my opinion, Singles Awareness Day shouldn’t exist. But if it must, a more positive and inclusive name for the holiday would be Love Yourself Day. Then we would have two holidays, in a row, celebrating all kinds of love.