Did You Know? South Korea has devoted many holidays to love which occurs on the 14th of each month.
Single people who didn’t get any gifts for Valentine’s Day or White Day in March meet up for black day on April 14th, where they dress in black and mourn or celebrate their loneliness together by eating black noodles.
Holidays Devoted To Love In Korea
14 January: Candle Day / Dairy day
Blank diaries are given to families and relatives as gifts. South Korea is filled with stationery shops specializing in notebooks and diaries.
14 February: Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is the same in South Korea like it is in the West, except for one big difference that only the women offer gifts and men are off the hook.
14th March: White Day
This is when the women harvest what they have planted on the valentines day. The tradition of the man offering a gift about three times the amount he’d received a month ago. There are also other presents such as roses, candy, cookies, and gold.
14th April: Black Day
For Single person. It is a rather depressing day where singles eat a sticky, black-bean paste noodle dish called jjajangmyun and wish they had a love interest.
In a country where it is considered embarrassing not to have a partner, Black Day is a time of mild mourning. However, others have turned the occasion into an independence celebration, getting together with other singletons and toasting independence with a heaping bowl of noodles. Of course, most also secretly hope to find another sad, noodle-eating single and be a couple in time for next month’s holiday.
14th May: Yellow Day / Rose Day
On Yellow Day, couples dress in yellow and give roses to each other. Singles that didn’t have their fill of lonely-heart on Black Day have the chance to load up on yellow curry and hope their love life will ‘spice up’.
14th June: Kiss Day
The name says everything. This is also a good day to confess your feelings to a crush and begin a new relationship with a smooch. On this day, Most companies offer exclusive discounts on ranging from lipstick labels to breath-makers.
14th July: Silver Day
Couples exchange silver rings and discuss their future marriage plans. The presents, functioning as rings of promise, are often given before or after parental introductions in person.
14 August: Green Day
A historically harsh alcohol made from sugar, Similar to vodka. Then take a romantic stroll through the woods in the jungle. Most likely, a drunk teenager’s brainchild who wanted to be alone with his girlfriend, Green Day is based on the fact that soju comes in a green bottle.
September 14th: Photo Day / Music Day
The majority of days in Korea are photo and music days, but September 14th is when it is ‘official’.
Portrait studios and gimmick photo booths are common, and it seems everybody’s taking a camera shot in the reverse direction.
14th October: Wine Day
Couples enjoy a glass of wine (or bottle) over a cozy meal. Singles are drinking their sorrows back.
14th November: Movie Day
Movie theatres on this day are jam-packed, but couples still rent movies, send each other DVD gifts, or go to a DVD room. They’re Rented around one cinema ticket price and can hold a small group of people. The DVD’s are a little older than what’s playing in theatre, but not by much.
14 December: Hug Day
Fast running on reasons for dedicating a special day, Hug Day wraps up the year with a tight, gentle hug and a sigh of relief. Couples spend the day hugging each other, while polls on which Korean celebrities are most cuddly-worthy give the singles something to fantasize about.
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