Something to celebrate on the 14th of every month in South Korea…

In South Korea, the 14th of every month is a special day which lovers and/or friends can celebrate together. Below is a list of these special days and the relevant rituals:

14 January: Diary Day – Giving diaries or yearly planners as presents to lovers and friends to welcome the start of the New Year

14 February: Valentine’s Day – Females giving chocolate as presents to the males they love to express their affection

14 March: White Day – Males giving candies as presents to the females they love to express their affection

14 April: Black Day – Single people wearing black and eating 자장면(Jiajangmyeon – Korean Black Bean Sauce Noodles) together to console each other

14 May: Yellow Day / Rose Day – Single people wearing yellow, eating yellow curry and making resolutions to find a lover and cease to be single, and lovers giving each other roses as presents

14 June: Kiss Day – Lovers kissing each other

14 July: Silver Day – Lovers giving each other silver rings or other silver accessories as presents and making promises to love each other forever

14 August: Green Day – Lovers going to the countryside and enjoying the nature together, and single people drinking 소주 (Soju – a kind of Korean alcoholic beverages in green bottles) to drive away loneliness

14 September: Photo Day – Lovers taking photos together

14 October: Wine Day – Lovers enjoying wine together

14 November: Movie Day – Lovers watching movies together

14 December: Hug Day – Lovers hugging each other (Good for keeping warm in winter!)

Today is the Diary Day – have you given any yearly planners or diaries as presents to your lovers and/or friends?

Happy Diary Day! 🙂

Reminder: The next blog post will be published on 16 January 2015.  Watch this space!

 

References:

이해영, 김은영, 신경선, 주은경, 이정란, 이현의,  《생활 속 한국 문화77》, 서울: 랭기지플러스<한글파크>, 2011, 98-99쪽

Fun & Romantic Holidays in Korea“, Korea Tourism Organization, 2007-04-13

 

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