Sunday, February 11, 2007

사랑할 수 있는 날

I find its interesting in the way Koreans celebrate love. Besides Valentine's Day on February 14, there is the White Day on March 14, the Black Day on April 14 and the Pepero Day on November 11. This is way too much a reminder for some Singaporeans who just cannot wait for Valentine's Day to be over every year. In Singapore, they only need to be reminded once a year but in Korea, they will be reminded four times a year. I just wish them well if they happen to be staying in Korea.

In Korea, during Valentine's Day, women are supposed to give gifts to the men. This is quite unlike Singapore where the men are kinda expected to give rose, gift and treat to the women. In Korea, men who received gifts on Valentine's Day are expected to return the favour by giving gifts to the women on the White Day a month later.

Confession Song - Click the picture to see the flash animation.

What happen to those men who did not receive or give gifts on Valentine's Day or White Day? They celebrate the Black Day, one month after the White Day, on April 14. Lonely men called themselves "Solo Unit" (솔로부대-单身部對) and grouped together to eat JJajangmyeon (짜장면-炸酱面). I guess the reason why Jjajangmyeon is chosen has something to do with the black bean sauce. Men should not be overly worried if they have to eat Jjangjangmyeon on April 14 as there is "beauty in black" - like what the flash animation below is trying to say.

Beauty in Black - Click the picture to see the flash animation.

To wrap up a year in Korea, there is still a Pepero Day to celebrate. Pepero Day is somewhat similar to Valentine's Day. On November 11, mostly young couples and people, exchange Pepero sticks, candies and gifts. Pepero (빼빼로) is a Korean snack made by Lotte. Pepero stick looks identical to a Pocky stick - a biscuit stick coated in chocolate. November 11 is so called Pepero Day because 11/11 resembles four sticks of Pepero. Its association with lovers comes about because 11/11 also symbolises pairing up of two individuals. However, contrary to Korea, November 11 in China is known as a day for the singles. I guess that is because China doesn't have Pepero sticks :)

Pepero Song - Click the picture to see the flash animation.


  1. There are even more than the Valentine Day in February, White Day in March, Black Day in April, and 빼빼로 Day in November.
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  2. I suspect so. So it seems like I am only one quarter complete. Still 9 more days to go. ㅋㅋㅋ