living life happily
Each year on February 14th, many people around the world exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special ‘valentine’, dinner and date rituals with their loved one.
The bad news is today is the 15th of February, so you have to wait until next year again to do those special things with your special one.
The good news is I just found the facts that in South Korean, couples rejoice as the 14th of every month marks as romantic holiday. While you’ve probably heard of the few well known celebrations, others may be new to you.
Here’s a list of what’s celebrated every month:
January 14th: Diary Day/Candle Day
Blank diaries are given as gifts among couples and friends. Anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions are recorded into the brand new journals. South Korea is full of stationery shops that specialize in quirky notebooks and agendas. Some also celebrate this day as Candle Day, they give and receive decorative candles.
February 14th: Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s day is celebrated in South Korea as much like it is in the west, except for one main difference: only women give gifts, men are off the hook in February.
March 14th: White Day
This is when the women reap what they sowed on valentine’s day. Some follow the custom that the man should give a gift approximately three times the worth of what he received a month prior. Many gifts like roses, chocolate, candy are often given in the white color.
April 14th: Black Day
For single people. It’s rather depressing day where singles eat a sticky, black-bean paste noodle dish called jjajangmyun and wish they had a love interest. In a country where not having a partner is considered embarrassing by many, black day is a time of mild mourning. They also dress in black, wear black accessories as well as black nail polish. It isn’t all gloomy though, Some, however, have turned the occasion into a celebration of independence, getting together with other singletons and toasting freedom with a heaping bowl of noodles. Of course, most still secretly hope they’ll meet another sad, noodle-eating single and be a couple in time for next month’s holiday, think of it as an annual support group where people eat and talk about their singlehood… until they pair up and become a couple.
May 14th: Yellow Day/Rose Day
On yellow day, couples dress in yellow and give each other roses. Singles that 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’. Imagine all people dress in yellow and when you dress not in yellow they will know that you are single!
June 14th: Kiss Day
The name says it all. This is also a good day to confess your feelings to a crush and start a new relationship with a smooch. Many companies, ranging from lipstick brand to breath mint makers, do their best to capitalize, offering special promotions.
July 14th: Silver Day
On Silver Day, couples exchange silver accessories, where a set of silver rings act as the ultimate symbol of a deep relationship and possible future plans together.
August 14th: Green Day
Green Day has all the makings of a perfect date idea as couples are to enjoy a day out in nature whilst drinking soju (a harsh alcohol traditionally made from rice, tasting similar to vodka), the alcoholic beverage of choice in South Korea. green day is centered around the fact that soju comes in a green bottle.
September 14th: Photo Day/Music Day
While taking photos with one another (whether via photo booth or professional studio) is a regular occurrence, September 14’s Photo Day gives couples an official reason to do so. Noraebangs — singing (karaoke) rooms — are in high demand, as well.
October 14th: Wine Day
Similar to Kiss Day where the name pretty much explains the day’s agenda, couples will share a glass (or bottle) of wine with one another in celebration of their relationship.
November 14th: Movie Day
If there was one day to hit the theater early on, then that would be Movie Day. On this day, couples will go on a movie date together, and needless to say, theaters are bound to be packed. but couples also rent movies, give each other DVD gifts, or go to a DVD room (the “DVD Bang,” or movie room, is a popular Korean hangout on any day). They’re rented for approximately the price of one cinema ticket and can hold a small group of people. The DVDs are somewhat older than what’s playing in the theater, but not by much.
December 14th: Hug Day
Hug Day wraps up the year with a firm and gentle squeeze and a sigh of relief. Couples spend the day hugging each other. Hug Day is the last couple’s holiday of the year, where individuals give their significant others a warming hug amidst increasingly colder temperatures.
make everyday is special day in your way ^.^