As my favorite American holidays continue to come and go here in Korea, I have been made aware by mostly my students about the other popular modern holidays celebrated in Korea. Like I said, Hallmark wishes it was here:
11/11 Pepero day: Clever Korea to put this chocolate covered breadstick day on 11/11, since the written date resemble 4 pepero sticks. So kyopta. Of course who reaps the benefit of this holiday? Couples and students and Lotte (though the company denies creating the holiday).
02/14 Valentine’s Day: Forget everything you ever knew about this holiday. Point blank, women get chocolate for the men they like.
03/03 Samgyopsal Day: March 3rd was chosen for this holiday because samgyeopsal, which means three-layered pork in Korean, begins with the word “sam” a reference to the number 3. As one of the cheapest meats in Korea, consumers buy this especially on March 3rd as prices are cut to its lowest.
03/14 White Day: It’s the men’s turn. They get chocolate for their sweetie. Or anything else white in color…like marshmellows.
04/14 Black Day: For those lonely ones who missed out on doing anything the rest of the time, this holiday is for you. All you single ladies, forget Beyonce’s song, go out and eat Jajangmyeon (자장면; 짜장면) consisings of wheat noodles topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste), diced meat and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood. Cause that’s what I want to gorge myself on to match the blackness in my “lonely heart”. Oh Korea when will you appreciate being single?
I totally want to celebrate Pepero day now. And ok, I know I’m a traitor to my gender by not being a chocolate fan so I love the thought of receiving marshmallows!
What!? I am always shocked when I hear that…I’m a choco-addict, no lie. My students are starting to figure out that’s a good way to bribe me
I like these holidays…plus I like Chocolate!!
Really interesting post + great photos. Want to celebrate all of them!!!
Black day? That sounds very depressing to me. Which is worse? To address it to those who feel lonely or to not(emphasise it)? Interesting post.
Hurray for Pepero Day! Hurray for Anything Chocolate At Any Moment in Time Day!
What a great post! I love learning about little holidays like that from other countries…might even try to convince my gf to share in some! 🙂
Pepero day looks fun! Getting chocolate wouldn’t be bad either
I love how specific these holidays are. And I want those chocoloate breadsticks.
Every holiday has its own unique form of holiday spirit!
I am going to tell my Mom about Pepero day…It looks so yummy! Hunter71 🙂 http://www.hcrproducts.com
This is fascinating. Of course, we single gals would get stuck with black soybean paste… 🙂
Me likes the Pepero sticks! I wanna eat!
Three-layered pork day? That’s just wierd.
Believe me….I had the same reaction when I was told by my students as they bobbed their heads in enthusiasm
That pepero picture is so nice, i love to eat them all
Damn, they have a lot of holidays. They even have a holiday for lonely people. All I could think of was “A Song for the Lonely” by Cher. xD
Funny..I like these holidays 🙂
Pepero day..best day ever. Although I was so stuffed I couldn’t even eat dinner..too much chocolate! Was pretty awesome getting 5 boxes of free chocolates haha 🙂
Hate the black day routine..how depressing!
Cute post my dear!
I’m all for a chocolate breadstick day… but “Black Day” seems a bit hmm…depressing…lol. Interesting to see what sort of holidays people celebrate in other cultures!
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