For those stuck with it, though, looking forward to the end has become so ceremonious that it has its own name.
Every week, each person is allocated food and other supplies for the week. One of the things you get is plain steamed buns. In the last week or two before discharge, the boys have made it a ritual to count down the days by eating one a day until they leave.
As a joke, we have started using this phrase to mean "counting down the days" for any event that we're looking forward to ending, like graduation, meeting a deadline on a project, last days/weeks of work before going on holidays, etc.