Some people are offended by this day and by the term, which used to be very insulting, but many others are taking possession of the title and having fun with it. Old maids, spinsters, and crazy cat ladies meet up on June 4 for parties, chocolate, girly movies, and tons of fun.
It seems that this holiday started up shortly after World War II ended. Many thousands of men had died in the war, and when they returned home there were far more single women than single men. Socials and dances were held in many places so that more men and women could meet each other.
You can hear a version of “The Old Maid’s Song” here by Clive Palmer (not sure why a guy is singing this!). It’s a far cry from the sentiment today.
“Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.”
Song of Songs 8:4