Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Untold Irony of Single’s Day vs. Children’s Day

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This year, Single’s Day wasn’t just celebrated in China, it spread to other countries like India where the population is fond of online shopping at places like AliExpress and AliBaba. AliBaba rushed to offer more than a million products at cut-throat slashed rates like never seen before and they managed to rack in more than $9 billion in sales- quite an impressive figure, but also a bit of an eye catcher! What this number tells us is that there are a lot of singles out there, more than you’re probably aware of. There are 30% more men than women in China who are still looking to tie the knot, or blissfully happy that they’ve got nothing to do with China’s one-baby only policy (whichever way you look at it is sad). What about the millions of abandoned children who are left to fend for themselves in hundreds of cities around the world?
Isn’t it ironic that the very same week the charm of singlehood is being celebrated by splurging on gifts to woo potential mates to break singledom, a whole different kind of celebration is taking place to honor our children on Children’s Day? Whether Single’s Day serves as a reminder that our egg and sperm count are on the line, that an iphone 6 (or 99 of them) won’t buy you a ticket out of singledom, or that one’s enough to make you forget you were even single, it’s a bit of an oxymoronic gesture to celebrate both events so close to each other.  The idea is even more daunting when we’re reminded of the original reason why Children’s Day is even celebrated: to help children living in poverty around the world know that they are not alone, not just to celebrate the birth of our own children which is how this day is often treated.
Perhaps China was right in enforcing their one-child law: a preemptive movement to help reduce casualties associated with giving birth in families or communities who cannot afford to account for a growing population. Perhaps it isn’t as ironic as it appears to be then, and events like Single’s Day could even help reinforce singles around the world who aren’t so happy with the fact, that becoming a parent is a responsibility people should not walk into without the reminder that millions of children are abandoned  for one reason or another each year. Perhaps it’s time to consider starting a new age movement where both traditions meet in such a way that a single is united with a less privileged child- food for thought.  
Whether you are a single reveling in your freedom and happy to be a part of that demographic celebrating Single’s Day this year, or if you’re a parent prepping for Children’s Day- let this new perspective sink in for a while. How do you think both these holidays should be celebrated?