14th Jan | Diary Day
To symbolize the beginning of a new year, couples exchange yearly planners in which they mark their plans, anniversaries, birthdays and other important dates.
14th Feb | Valentine’s Day
If a woman wants to confess her love for a man, or express her feelings for him, this is the day to give that special someone some chocolate. The streets of Korea begin to line itself with chocolate-filled lace baskets about a week prior to Valentine’s Day. This day particularly makes a large profit in department stores, hotels, chocolate stores, bakeries, jewelry stores, and doll stores.
14th March | White Day
This special day is in correspondence to Valentine’s Day. On White Day, it is the men’s turn to confess and express his love and affection for that special someone by giving her candies and gifts. The customary gifts on White Day are candy, not chocolate, jewelry, flowers, or dolls. Many men also highlight this day with romantic dinners and events. If one should forget this day and offer nothing to his significant other, he may not hear the end of it for a while.
14th April 14th | Black Day
Black Day is a day for singles. After the two romantic love-filled months, lonely singles surely are not in the best of moods. Therefore, Black Day is designated especially for singles. To console each other for enduring these past two months being single, people who are single will get together on this special day to eat Jjajangmyeon, black noodles.
Many people will also dress in all black, from head to toe including black accessories and black nail polish. Hence, the name Black Day. Their sense of camaraderie will be stronger on this day as they declare “No to couples, and yes to singles!” but there are a few singles that find a suitable mate.
14th May | Rose Day
On this day, couples exchange roses.
14th June | Kiss Day
Kiss everyone you meet on this day.
14th July | Silver Day
On this day, people exchange silver accessories.
14th August | Green Day
On this day, couples seek nature and relax while singles drink Soju to drown their loneliness. (*bb: soju is a distilled beverage native to Korea; tastes like vodka. soju is usually in green bottles.)
14th September | Photo Day
On this day, take a picture together with your significant other in a romantic place and put it in a special place to look at.
14th October | Wine Day
On this day, enjoy wine with someone special.
11th November | Pepero Day
Though not on the 14th, many people celebrate Pepero Day. This day originated ten years ago when a couple of young teenage girls exchanged peperos sticks as a wish to grow tall and slim. Today, peperos are exchanged between couples, friends, family and colleagues, and is becoming a major special occasion like Valentine’s Day.
14th November | Movie Day
On this day, couples go to watch a movie at the cinema
14th December | Hug Day
On this day, couples hug each other in the winter to chase away the cold.