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Like everything, being a bachelor has its pros and cons. Of course, living alone and not having anyone to come home to can get a little lonely sometimes, as can not having anyone to cuddle up to at night or never having , or eating a real meal once a month when visiting Mom.

But Bachelor’s Day was created to remind guys to celebrate the beauty of their bachelorhood, a state that usually lasts just a few beer-filled years before the next stage of life begins–and everyone knows how much life can change after after marriage and/or having a couple of kids. So time to live it up, guys! This is your day to celebrate one of the freest times of your life.

The History of Bachelor’s Day

Bachelor’s Day originated as an Irish tradition that allowed women to initiate dances and propose marriage on Leap Day (as opposed to the tradition of men proposing to women and asking them out to dance). If the man reused the proposal, he was then obligated to buy the woman a silk gown or even a fur coat. In England, on the other hand, a woman was allowed to propose marriage on Leap Day, with the man she proposed to being obliged to buy her new gloves on Easter Sunday if he refused. In other areas of the United Kingdom women could propose to men all throughout leap year.

Today, Bachelor’s day is more about celebrating being a single man more than anything, and there are plenty of reasons to do that, indeed!

How to celebrate Bachelor’s Day

If you’re a bachelor, this day is all about you, so make sure you have a good time! Today is not a day when you should be wishing you were in a meaningful relationship, but instead be happy that you have the freedom to do what you want when you want without having to answer to anyone.

So if you feel like partying, get a few of your bachelor friends to gather and have yourselves a Hangover-style night on the town. Or maybe you’d like to just invite them over to your place for pizza and a horror movie or poker night? Or if you’d prefer to spend some time in peace and quiet, maybe you and your buddies can go on a fishing or camping trip together–there’s nothing like a few friends just chilling together and fixing some hamburgers or fish on the grill, joking about life.

And if you feel like you’re in need of some me-time, there are plenty of ways to fulfill that need as well. Maybe you feel like your back could use a massage? There are plenty of massage parlors with skilled therapists just waiting to help loosen up that tense neck. Or if you’re sick and tired of eating lukewarm TV dinners, maybe it’s time to take a cooking course and learn to make a few easy, healthy dishes that don’t take too long to make?

However you decide to spend this day, make sure you take advantage of your bachelorhood and enjoy yourself to the fullest!

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