Valentine’s Day – Korean Style!

It’s February 14th and love is most definitely in the air in Korea. But as usual, Koreans do things a little differently…

As if to avoid the awkwardness of presenting somebody with a Valentine’s present and them not give you one back, in Korea they have one day for women to give gifts to men, and another for men to give gifts to women.

On February 14th it is only women who give chocolates to men. Store-bought chocolates are given to a guy you like, but if you really love somebody you make them yourself!

Then, having had a month’s cooling off period to think about it, White Day on March 14th offers men the chance to give a girl a present, usually non-chocolate candy.

Korea also has a day reserved for those who didn’t receive a Valentine’s gift or a White Day gift. April 14th is known as Black Day, when the unlucky ones who did not receive any Valentine’s gifts get together and eat black noodles to ‘mourn’ their singledom and wallow in self pity.

And if all of that wasn’t enough, the 14th day of every month has some ‘significance’ for Korean lovebirds!

  • January 14th – Candle Day
  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day
  • March 14th – White Day
  • April 14th – Black Day
  • May 14th – Rose Day
  • June 14th – Kiss Day
  • July 14th – Silver Day
  • August 14th – Green Day
  • September 14th – Music Day
  • October 14th – Wine Day
  • November 14th – Movie Day
  • December 14th – Hugs Day

2 comments on “Valentine’s Day – Korean Style!

  1. Pingback: Happy White Day! | Amy in Wonderland

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