15 holidays for friends and lovers in Korea
In Korea, yesterday was celebrated as Bbeabbearo or Pocky/Pepero Day. Because of the shape of Bbeabbearo, which look like the numbers of the day 11/11, it's the day lovers and friends exchange Bbeabbearo with each other to wish that their relationships grow tall like Bbeabbearo. On this day, friends and lovers often declare their love, similar to Valentine's Day. Many K-stars uploaded Bbeabbearo pictures to celebrate this day and to thank fans for giving them Bbeabbearo. Korean people like making up special days so much that there is a holiday on the 14th of every month! Korean holidays are usually for family to spend time together, but here are 15 special days specifically for couples and friends.
Thanks Chil Bong, you are the only one who gives me Bbeabbearo.
1. January 14th: Diary Day / Candle Day
Empty diaries are given as gifts among couples and friends. Anniversaries, birthdays, and other special days are recorded in these diaries. Some also celebrate this day as Candle Day and give and receive decorative candles.
2. February 14th: Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in South Korea, but usually women give chocolate to men.
3. March 3rd : Samgyubsal Day
You know how much Korean people love samgyubsal! The number 3 has the same Korean pronunciation as 'sam', so that's why it is celebrated on the 3rd.
4. March 14th: White Day
This is when the women reap what they sowed on Valentine’s Day by receiving gifts from men. However, women like to receive chocolate more than candy.
5. April 14th: Black Day
This day if for single people. It’s a rather depressing day where singles eat a sticky, black-bean paste noodle dish called jjajangmyun and wish they had a love interest. Black coffee and black clothes are also needed.
6. May 14th: Yellow Day / Rose Day
On Yellow Day, couples dress in yellow and give each other roses. Singles who didn’t have their fill of lonely-heart noodles on Black Day have the chance to fill up on yellow curry and hope their love life will “spice up.”
7. June 14th: Kiss Day
This is a good day to confess feelings to a crush and start a new relationship with your lover. Many companies, ranging from lipstick brands to breath mint makers, do their best to capitalize, offering special promotions.
9. July 14th: Silver Day
Couples exchange silver rings and discuss future plans of marriage.
10. August 14th: Green Day
This is a day designated for taking a romantic walk in the woods.
11. September 14th: Photo Day / Music Day
Most days in Korea are photo and music days, but the 14th of September is when it becomes “official” (or as official as an off-the-calendar holiday can get). Portrait studios, gimmick photo booths, and Noraebangs are in high demand.
12. October 14th: Wine Day
Couples drink a glass (or bottle) of wine over a romantic dinner. Singles drink away their sorrows.
13. November 11th: Bbeabbea Day / Gareadduk Day
14. November 14th: Movie Day
Movie theaters are jam-packed on this day as watching a movie is one of the basic courses for Korean couple dating.
15. December 14th: Hug Day
Hug Day wraps up the year with a firm and gentle squeeze and a sigh of relief. There are many free hug events in Korea on this day.
Recently, these days are becoming commercial days that help many companies make a lot of money. Some people don’t like to celebrate it and spend a lot of money on it. However, the thought that people want to give gifts to lovers and friends is beautiful. Now you too can celebrate these days and confess your heart to your lover and friends!