Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Special 14th Days in Korea

South Korea has very many special days. They are not really national holidays or anything like that. People just think that those special days are quite fun to celebrate.
All of a sudden, people started to say November 11th is Pepero day and started to celebrate it. Pepero is a Korean chocolate stick cookie which looks like 1.
This popular snack, pepero's company probably made November 11th as Pepero day so that they can raise their sales.

Pepero day has become extremely popular, and many friends and lovers give pepero to each other.

Korean people love to celebrate any special days.

I will go through all of special days which are popular among young people.

The14th day of each month is a special day.

January 14th – Diary Day
Couples are meant to give each other a diary or year planner in which they mark their plans, anniversaries, birthdays and other important dates. 

February 14th – Valentine’s Day
In contrast to Western society, today is traditionally when women give chocolates to their men and confess their love.

March 14th – White Day
Men give candy to the women they love (and flowers and choc and cuddly toys….in fact, anything really!)

April 14th – Black Day
A purely Korean day, for those singletons out there, who havnt received choc or candy so far, console themselves by eating ja jang myun – a black noodle soup or any black foods.

May 14th – Rose Day
Couples exchange roses.

June 14th – Kiss Day
Lovers confess their feelings to one another and kiss passionately.

July 14th – Silver Day
Couples exchange gifts made of silver, and announce their relationship to their friends.

August 14th – Green Day
Couples are supposed to dress in green, and walk outside in the woods (ooh camouflage opportunity!)
Singles drink a (green) bottle of soju to console themselves.

September 14th – Photo Day
Couples take photographs together.

October 24th – Apple Day
The Korean word for apple, sa-kwa, also means to apologize. On Apple Day, friends, family and couples give an apple to each other to apologize for past mistakes.

November 11th – Pepero Day (Ah yes, the chocolate stick day!)
A new day that has taken off in South Korea, it is named after a pencil-shaped cookie stick covered in chocolate, given mostly by young Koreans as an expression of their affection.
The 11th day of the 11th month is specifically chosen as the number looks like a Pepero stick. Students exchange the treats with one another with the thought of growing tall and thin (an obsession in Korea, tho don’t think eating choc cookies is gonna help there…!)
November 14th – Movie Day 
Couple go to watch a movie at the cinema.

December 14th – Hug Day
Couples hug each other in the winter to chase away the cold.

There are too many!! 
I personally don't care about all these days, but some young people think that they should do everything on the 14th according to the day.

There is one more!
It is 3 layered pork day, and it is March 3rd.

Every industry makes some special days for people to buy their products. 

What is your favorite day? 
What is most interesting to you?

Have a great day, everyone!!! :)