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China’s Youth Celebrate “Holidays” Based on Numeral Homonyms

China’s Youth Celebrate “Holidays” Based on Numeral Homonyms

Chinese youth like to make puns out of numbers based on homonyms. For example, May 20th, or 520 has a pronunciation similar to the Chinese words for “I love you”. Because of this, May 20th has become known among many as “Confess Your Love Day”. Many people use the numbers 5201314 to share their love with somebody, because it is a homonym for “I love you forever”. Other examples of makeshift holidays based on numeral homonyms include 5/17 “I want to eat” and 8/18 “Gossip Day”. For many, the number 1 represents being single, so 11/11 is known as “Single’s Day”.

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