Valentine’s Day – Korean style
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Around this time of year, men are feeling the pressure, -the pressure to make dinner reservations at the fanciest restaurants, to plan that romantic getaway, to find the nicest gifts. With each Valentine’s there can be expectations to outdo previous Valentine’s. Whatever he’s got planned, it better be good or else he might be looking at a ticket back to singlehood. Hehe.. just kidding (although this not might be a joking matter with some couples).
There is so much pressure on men.
But in S. Korea? On February 14th, it’s all about the men! Yes, that’s right. There is zero pressure on the men on this day. This is also the perfect day for a woman to express her love interest in a man. She typically does so by giving him chocolate.
Or if she’s crafty, she might do with a DIY chocolate item. Doesn’t that sound like fun? There is a lot more thought put into it. If I was a lady living in Korea, I think I’d opt for a DIY gift. I have a thing with hearts and heart-shaped items. Check out the cool heart-shaped items that I came across, for Valentine’s Day baking. I sometimes bake or make heart items even when it’s not Valentine’s. I love hearts. When I was a kid, I used to always dot my i’s with a heart.
A man who has received chocolate gifts from many different women can be perceived as popular or as a stud, a lady’s man.
White Day – One month after Valentine’s Day, it’s now the men’s turn to reciprocate the gift giving. This can get interesting. If the man has a mutual fondness for the woman (or women) that he received the gift from, one month prior, he then reciprocates by then giving her a gift. The most popularly gifted candy for this day happens to be Chupa Chups. White Day originated from Japan in 1978. Marshmallow items were marketed to men as gift items to give to their ladies. Soon after, other white items, such as white chocolate became popular. It eventually transitioned into “White Day”, which caught on with S. Korea.
Black Day- On April 14th, one month after White Day, it’s all about the singles! We can’t forget about the lonely singles, can we? On this day, the singles go out to eat jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles). It’s a sad day for many. Some will go as far as wearing all black and only eat black foods.