How do you spend Valentine’s Day in your country? It’s probably similar to how the Western culture celebrates Valentine’s – the man goes out to buy chocolates and flowers, and then gives it to his lady to show how deep or passionate his affection is. Korea is different, however – very different. Valentine’s in Korea is more of the man’s day than the woman’s.
Men Don’t Have To Do Anything During Valentine’s In Korea
You might be little confused with a comment that men do nothing. But it means just that. It may sound strange to you, but Valentine’s in Korea is not a day for the ladies, as we have already mentioned. It is a day that focuses on the men receiving gifts from ladies. Refreshing, isn’t it?
The Korean Love Days
In the Korean culture, Valentine’s is just one of twelve love days. There’s “Hug Day”, “Kiss Day” and “Rose Day” among others. We’ll talk about these love days soon also. But for now, you should know that aside from Valentine’s day, there are other love days that Koreans commonly celebrate: White Day and Black Day. Let’s break each day down:
Valentine’s Day (Feb 14)
This is the day when the men receive presents or chocolates from their wives, girlfriends or from the woman who likes them. When you receive something on Valentine’s, the one that gave the present to you wants to let you know that you are important in her life, either romantically or platonically.
White Day (March 14)
Of course, the ladies should not be left out. The ladies’ day comes a month after Valentine’s in Korea. On this day, it’s men’s turn to buy chocolates, flowers or small trinkets to give to women in their lives.
Black Day (April 14)
Korea probably has a day for everything because they even have a way of celebrating a day for singles. So if supposedly, during Valentine’s and White Day, singles did not receive anything, they “mourn” their singleness on Black Day by eating Jjajangmyeon (Black Noodles) with other single friends.
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