14’s of the month in Korea

Today it’s the 14th of december which means it’s Hugday! But what do you on this day exactly? Well every month has it’s own special 14h day. So today we are going to talk about the 14th day and what you surpose to do on this day!

January 14th : Diary Day / Candle Day

Blank diaries are given as a gift among the couples and, ofcourse, friends. In the brand new journals, the anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions are recorded. Also, these journals are covered with Konglish phrases. Some also celebrate this day as Candle Day and give and recieve decorative candles.

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February 14th: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in South Korea much like it is in the West, except for one main difference. Only the women give the men ( or other friends ) chocolates.

March 14th: White Day

When you recieved chocolates on Valentine’s Day, it’s a custom to give something back on White Day.  Some follow the custom that the man should give a gift approximately three times the worth of what he received.

April 14th: Black Day

This is the day for the singles. 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. Some have turned the occasion into a celebration of independence, getting together with other singles 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.

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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.

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 kiss.  Many companies, like lipstick brands and breath mint, are offering special promotions.

July 14th: Silver Day

Couples exchange silver rings and discuss future plans of marriage. Acting as promise rings, the gifts are often given before or after in-person parental introductions.

August 14th: Green Day

This is a day designated for drinking soju and then taking a romantic walk in the woods. Most likely the brain child of a drunk teenager who wanted to be alone with his girlfriend, Green Day is centered around the fact that soju comes in a green bottle.

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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”.

October 14th: Wine Day

Couples drink a glass (or bottle) of wine over a romantic dinner. Singles drink away their sorrows.

November 14th: Movie Day

Movie theaters are jam-packed on this day, 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

Running short on reasons to dedicate a special 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, while polls on which Korean celebrity is most cuddle-worthy give the singles something to fantasize about.

 

Written by Charlotte

Charlotte

Korea & Japan Lover. Princess of the internetshops, waiting for a crown ( and prince charming)

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