I was pleasantly surprised on March 14 when as part of my lunch I received a lollipop. It’s been years since I last had one and most people around were cheerful. My manager in South Korea was kind enough to explain that it was a White Day and explained the ritual associated with the day. Post lunch break, I spoke to my Korean colleagues and was surprised to find out that there were other days like the White Day. So I asked my colleague and he digged up following days. I was told that the college students would have the latest list!
January 14th: Diary Day
The day of presenting your lover with a cute diary and a basket of flowers.
February 14th: Valentines Day
The day when girls and women present their boyfriends with chocolate and confess their love.
March 14th: White Day
The day when boys and men present their girlfriends with chocolate and confess their love.
April 14th: Black Day
The day when people who are single eat black Chinese noodles together.
May 14th: Rose Day
The day when couples present each other with roses to express their love.
Alternatively for single guys
May 14th: Yellow Day
The day when those who were unable to eat black noodles on Black Day go to eat yellow curry rice.
June 14th: Kiss Day
The day when couples kiss to confirm their love.
July 14th: Silver Day
The day when couples exchange silver jewelry, usually rings to make a promise for the future.
August 14th: Green Day
Couples are supposed to dress in green, and walk outside in the woods.
Singles drink a (green) bottle of Soju to console themselves.
September 14th: Photo & Music Day
The day when lovers take pictures to keep memories of their love and in the evening go out with friends to noraebangs(literally means singing room) and night clubs.
October 14th: Wine Day
The day when lovers drink wine and share love.
October 24th: Apple Day
The Korean word for apple, sagwa, also means to apologize. On Apple Day, friends, family and couples give an apple to each other to apologize for past mistakes.
November 14th: Movie Day
The day when couples go to see a movie.
December 14th: Hug Day
The day of giving hugs to your loved ones. Also singles stand in City Hall with a “free hug” placard.
Most of the these days have pure commercial values. All in all Korea isn’t the best place to be single!