I just found out an interesting Korean culture. One month after Valentine’s Day i.e. on March 14, they celebrate White Day (화이트데이).
In Korea, Valentine’s Day is a day for females to present chocolate gifts usually to a member of the male gender as an expression of love. On White Day, the men who received the chocolate on Valentine’s Day are expected to return the favour by giving gifts, usually more expensive to the women.
Black Day (솔로부대) is celebrated one month after White Day which is April 14. On this day, single people go out together and eat noodles with black bean sauce called Jjajangmyeon (짜장면).
Well, if a lady did not give you chocolates on Valentine’s Day and you have no sweetheart to give expensive gifts to on White Day…then go eat black black noodles on April 14! Over here in Malaysia you can eat “Hokkien mee” instead of Jjajangmyeon. 😉
Now, have you heard of White Day and Black Day? I have not heard of this before one of our readers Clammy mentioned it, and our Korean language teacher further elaborated on this.
White Day is also celebrated in Japan and Taiwan. It actually originated in Japan.
Today is White Day! Did you get any chocolates or gifts? 😉
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