Singles Awareness Day
Also known as
Singles Appreciation Day
annually on February 15th (since 2001)
Dustin Barnes in 2001
Singles Awareness Day, also known as Singles Appreciation Day, takes place on the day after Valentine's Day. It was created by Dustin Barnes, who at the time was attending high school, and was single. February 15th was chosen because there were large discounts on Valentines-themed items, making it easy for Dustin and his single friends to buy candy and other items to give to each other. Besides being popular in the United States, it is also celebrated by many in the United Kingdom.
By placing Singles Awareness Day on the day after Valentine's Day, the undertone of self-pity and sadness was removed from it, and it instead became more of a celebration and a day of pride. It became an alternative day to Valentine's Day for single people who may have felt left out, and it reminds everyone that being single is okay. It celebrates the love between friends and family, and love for oneself.
Single people often get together with other singles on the day and then exchange gifts. Sometimes singles events are held. Celebrants also spend the day volunteering, traveling, and treating themselves to things they enjoy. The holiday is both for those who like being single and for those who wish they weren't. Those who are sick of being alone get to spend the day with others, while those who enjoy being single get to celebrate that fact with others. Although the day is meant to be celebrated with others, if someone wants to celebrate it alone, they can do that as well.
How to Observe
If you are single, today is all for you! Did a lot of your friends spend yesterday with their significant others? Did they post a bunch of sappy things on social media about their love? Well forget about all that, and spend the day celebrating and having pride in your singleness. Get together with all your single friends and exchange gifts, or look for other singles events taking place. Perhaps you could use Meetup or another site to connect with singles.
You could spend the day volunteering, traveling, or doing something else you enjoy. Some have even suggested using the day to travel to Mardi Gras or The Carnival of Brazil on years when the holiday and those festivals are happening at the same time. As many celebrate Valentine's Day by wearing red, today may be celebrated by wearing green, which is seen as an opposite color, or black. If you are not single, wish anyone you see who is single a happy Singles Awareness Day. You had your big day yesterday!