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When in Need of a Celebration
Jin Chang
November 10, 2016

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday!

 

While today is just a normal day for us in Seattle, I thought  we could still celebrate by looking at the holidays that’s going on right now in Asia.

 

Photo Credit: RHiNO NEAL

 

Look familiar? This Japanese snack is so yummy that it has its own day, Pocky Day. This delicious day is celebrated on November 11th (11/11) since the ones look so much like the pocky sticks. I know, I know, it’s only the 10th. But if we’re going to celebrate with Japan, we should do it alongside them, on their own timeline (Japan is 17 hours ahead of the West Coast, 14 hours ahead East Coast). So now that you’re aware of this day, how should you celebrate? By eating Pocky, of course! Eat them, share them, give them to your loved ones. You could even make Pocky art, just make sure to have fun.

 

Over in China, the 11th is celebrated with Singles Day. The ones in 11/11 stand for being single. This day is marked by shopping the day away online, much like Cyber Monday for us. It’s also celebrated by singles partying with other singles to help ease the pain of, well, being single. However, in recent years with the growing popularity of online shopping, companies have extended their sales to target those who aren’t single. Promoting the ones to mean “the only one for me”, couples have also been incorporated into this massive shopping day.

 

Speaking of ones, “[d]oes anyone else wonder what happens to an eleven that loses a one? Is it still eleven?” (quote by Leanne Dunic in To Love the Coming End. Coming soon). Well, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go out and buy a bunch of Pocky. Yum.

 



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