Tuesday, October 15, 2013

[Korean Culture]14th of every month in Korea, the Korean Holidays

Let's find out what 14th of every month in in Korea, the Korean Holidays! 
14th of every month in Korea
14th of every month in Korea
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 In honor of 14th Oct, yesterday, which is a lesser known holiday in Korea, I thought I’d tell you all about the special days in Korea that fall on a 14th. There are the more popular ones like Valentine’s Day, White Day, and Black Day, but nearly every month has unique 14th (how ironic it’s also a number to be feared in Asia; the word for four is the same as the word for death) for couples and singles.
 14th of every month in Korea
Feb 14th Valentine’s Day! 
In Korea, Valentine’s Day is celebrated the way it is done in Japan. (Korea was colonized by Japan in the early 1900s). Girls prepare chocolates to give to their boyfriends. A month later, the boys give hard candies to their girlfriends on “White Day.”
14th of every month in Korea
March 14th White Day!
This is when the women reap what they sowed on Valentine’s Day. Some follow the custom that the man should give a gift approximately three times the worth of what he received a month prior. Many gifts — roses, chocolate, candy — are often given in the color white.
14th of every month in Korea
May 14th: Rose Day!
Although the cherry blossoms may have turned green, the rest of the flowers are in full bloom. Couples are traditionally supposed to wear yellow clothes and exchange bouquets of roses (yes, for men too) as a sign of love. Awwwwwww…. Single people get to eat delicious curry.

January 14th – Diary Day
Couples are meant to give each other a diary or year planner thing, and note down all the rest of these lovely gift-giving days.

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

June 14th – Kiss Day
As one site puts it: ‘Lovers confess their feelings to one another and kiss passionately.’ Just another excuse to make out really!!

July 14th – Silver Day
I’m liking this idea – couples can freely ask their friends to give them money to pay for a date! (I shall call this ‘free date 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 & Music Day (I’m really not making these up!)
Any guesses…?! Couples take photographs together, then in the evening go out with friends to noraebangs and night clubs. (Which is what we Westerners do every week, right?!)

October 24th – Apple Day
You ready to learn something? 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 (the choc 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 & Orange Day
Ok, i’m not even gonna explain this one!

December 14th – Hug Day
We actually met people in Seoul giving out free hugs last year! Couples are meant to hug one another lovingly to stay warm in the cold winter months.

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