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Singles' Day

A Bit Of History

Singles' Day is a Chinese Holiday that originated in Nanjing University in 1993. From Chinese, the name translates to "bare sticks holiday." Get it? Ones? Bare sticks? As a holiday, Singles' Day really took hold and grew on the Internet. While Singles' Day originated as Bachelors' Day, it's grown to be fully inclusive and is widely embraced throughout China, and interest in the holiday has been spreading throughout the rest of the world!

Singles' Day is essentially a fun festival that exists as a counterpoint to Valentine's Day. Singles' Day celebrates friendship, and exists as a strong affirmation that people should be happy regardless of their relationship status, which is something Timmy can get behind.

As the holiday has developed, the symbolism of its date and meaning has evolved. According to Wikipedia,

  • "1": The figure of "1" symbolizes an individual, a single person
  • 2x"1": Two individuals, finding each other, and being together on one side of the special date (11.11)
  • 2x(2x"1"): A celebration of 2 (and more) different and separate couples, each comprising two single individuals finding each other on the special date (11.11)

Singles' Day Celebrations

In China, lots of young people spend time with their friends, especially the single ones. People go out together for a night on the town, sing karaoke, and often find new friends due to all the other people celebrating. As Singles' Day's awareness and celebration has grown, the ways in which people have celebrated it have also changed. Some people are using the day to celebrate their soul-mates, saying they are "the only one." And, in what may be the strangest aspect of Singles' Day, lots of people get married .

They also shop. A lot.

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The Single Best Way To Geek Out

Be that as it may, we've just discussed how Singles' Day is all about inclusion. And we want to help you celebrate with the Single Best Way to geek out, which is, of course, picking up some great new loot from us here at ThinkGeek. (Yeah. Okay. We might be a little biased.) But in service of your Singles' Day shopping, we've marked down some of our best products.

Here are a few of our favorites, which honor some single characters from our favorite fandoms.

Ready to start your celebration? Treat yo'self to something special, and remember, in the words of Batmanuel,

"Alone" is a pathetic predicament. "Lone" is an aesthetic choice.

Shop our Singles' Day Sale products now. Whether you're looking for apparel, collectibles, vinyl records, jewelry, plush, statues, housewares, or something else entirely, we've got something to scratch your geeky itch.

Embrace your Singles' Day.
N7 Day - November 7th

Maybe you've been hanging out in a frozen cave on Gellix for the last few years and haven't heard, but N7 Day is a celebration of all things Mass Effect. BioWare celebrated the first N7 Day on November 7, 2012 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the original Mass Effect game. Since then, BioWare and fans have celebrated the anniversary each year with fan art, cosplay, restrospectives, and amazing loot!

What's N7, And Why Does It Have A Day?

If you've played any of the Mass Effect games, this is all probably very familiar. But if you haven't, (and don't have the hours required to remedy this problem immediately), we'll have you up to speed in no time.

N7 is a designation of the Systems Alliance military, which protects the interests of Earth and all human colonies in Citadel space. This rank shows that its holder graduated from the rigorous Interplanetary Combatives Training program. The "N" indicates special forces, and the "7" is the highest level of completion. N7 designation can only be achieved by trainees who not only survive, but excel in active conflict situations throughout the galaxy. N7 personnel are the best and the brightest of Systems Alliance personnel.

As the first Mass Effect game debuted in North America in November 2007, the 7th day of November was chosen to officially mark the release anniversary--N7 Day had a pretty good ring to it! Please join us in celebrating our favorite N7 (Commander Shepherd, of course), the Ryder twins, Garrus, Peebee, and all things Mass Effect on the tenth anniversary of the original game's launch! (Editor's note: OMG has it been ten years!?)

Loot Fit For A Commander

Mass Effect Geeki Tikis

This year, we're proud to announce our new line of Mass Effect Geeki Tikis in honor of N7 Day. Enjoy your favorite galactic beverage from one of these ceramic tiki mugs. (Emergency induction ports not included.) Pre-order your set now to have them in time for the holidays!

Looking for even more great Mass Effect gear? We've got you covered! Take a look at all of our Mass Effect products and find the one that's perfect for you, or pick up the perfect gift for a Mass Effect fan in your life.