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‘Happy rebirth!’: Chinese women shake off taboos around divorce to celebrate freedom

12th October 2023

The Guardian

As the divorce rate in China rises, attitudes to separations are changing, with young women now throwing parties to mark the end of married life.

In a karaoke room filled with balloons, confetti and cake, a 34-year-old woman dances with a dozen friends celebrating her “rebirth of the past”. The woman, who posts on Chinese social media under the name Sushi, had just ended her four-year marriage.

Shaking off social stereotypes around divorce that suggest she should feel shame and failure, she decided to throw a party with all of her girlfriends. She put on a favourite black dress from the time before she met her husband, to honour that she was “getting back to the life before marriage”.

Read more: The Guardian

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