I’ve never been the person who is bothered by being single. I’ve got enough work to keep me busy and distracted from thinking too much about love, relationships, and all that mushy stuff. However, living in Korea has had me yearning for a relationship. Koreans love love, and if you in Korea, you see this everywhere. Couples are everywhere, and their public display of affection is anything but subtle.
Western guys complain that Valentine’s day is a marketing strategy where men treat their ladies gifts and dates. Imagine if they had to buy a gift or do something romantic every month? Some obviously, Korean guys almost don’t have a choice. Here is a list of days Koreans celebrate on the 14th of every month:
January 14th – Diary day
There’s no better way to celebrate the start of a new year than with a new diary, right? On this day, couples exchange diaries to write down feelings, new year resolutions and goals.
February 14th – Valentine’s day
It may be valentine’s day just like any other country in the world, but Korean couples do it a bit differently. Instead of men feeling the pressure to buy gifts and spoil their partners, women get to be the ones doing all the spoiling on valentine’s day.
March 14th – White day
While men don’t need to buy anything on Valentine’s day, they are not quite off the hook. On White day, men have to buy women gifts however their gifts need to be more expensive than what they received from their lady on Valentine’s day.
April 14th – Black day
Nothing to remind you that you’re single than a day dedicated to single people. Black day is the day ‘uncoupled’ people get to “mourn” their loneliness. They do this by either eating black noodles, wearing black clothing or both. If you’re single and looking then best to put yourself out there by dressing in black on this day.
May 14th – Rose day
And then it’s back to the loved up people. On Rose day couples exchange roses and spend time together celebrating love.
June 14th – Kiss day
The name speaks for itself. If you’re in a relationship or maybe you’ve been seeing someone for a while then Kiss Day gives you the opportunity to seal the deal by locking lips with your person. How cute!
July 14th – Silver day
On Silver Day couples exchange silver jewellery. The most popular is the exchange of silver rings; couples get matching rings to signify their commitment to each other. While many Koreans don’t wear rings, if you see one with a ring on any finger then it’s best to stay away from that person.
August 14th – Green day
I’ve mentioned how much Koreans just love their booze; boozing is a thing here. While Green Day is a day to celebrate nature, Koreans celebrate this day by drinking soju which also comes in a green bottle.
September 14th – Photo day
If you a person who dislikes people who take pictures of everything then Korea is not the place for you. Koreans love taking pictures so much that they even have a day dedicated to it. Photo Day is the day on which couples have photo shoots. Photo booths are placed in a lot of public places so that people can make the most of this day.
October 14th – Wine day
Someone ship me a bottle of Robertson’s, please! On this day couples share wine and attend wine parties. Apparently, there are some wine events taking place during the week of October 14th.
November 14th – Movie day
Got a person you’ve wanted to ask out for a while but just don’t know how to? Then Movie Day is the perfect day to ask them out on a movie date. On Movie Day, couples go out to watch movies together. I bet a lot of Korean romantic movies come out around this day.
December 14th – Hug day
Another romantic day that speaks for itself; On hug day there are free hugs for everyone (joking). Honestly, this seems like the pointless of all the days listed above but on Hug Day couples hug all day. Korean shops probably have some marketing campaigns about hugs to maximize profit on this day.