Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th is fondly celebrated in the Philippines as “Araw ng mga Puso” or the day of the hearts.  We follow the western custom in our celebrations.  We usually go out for dinner and concert with our partners.  Of course, it is customary for the men to give the women flowers and chocolates.

Here in Korea, this special day for couples is celebrated a little differently.  It is actually the women who give chocolates to their partners.  The men’s turn to give will come a month after on the 14th March, known as “White Day.”  Unfortunately for my husband, he wouldn’t be receiving any chocolate tomorrow.  I already bought him a Hershey’s bar last week and I guess that’s enough!
I think Korea is the only country in the world which has a 14th day celebration every month.  Here are the other 14th of the month celebration unique to Korea…

January 14: Diary Day
The day of presenting your lover with a cute diary and a basket of flowers

February 14: Valentine�€™s Day
The day when girls and women present their boyfriends with chocolate and confess their love

March 14: White Day
The day when boys and men present their girlfriends with chocolate and confess their love

April 14: Black Day
The day when people who have no lovers eat black Chinese noodles together

May 14: Rose Day
The day when lovers present each other with roses to express their love
Yellow Day
The day when those who were unable to eat black noodles on Black Day go to eat yellow curry rice

June 14: Kiss Day
The day when lovers kiss to confirm their love

July 14: Silver Day
The day when lovers exchange silver rings to make a promise for the future

August 14: Music Day
The day of presenting a CD with love songs

September 14: Photo Day
The day when lovers take pictures to keep memories of their love

October 14: Wine Day
The day when lovers drink wine and share love

November 14:Movie Day
The day when lovers go to see a movie holding hands

Hug Day
The day of giving hugs to your loved ones

December 14: Money Day
The day of spending generously for your lover

Source: KBS Global

7 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day

  • February 14, 2006 at 5:34 am
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    LOL. guess you learn something new everyday — i’ve never heard of a country that celebrated a date monthly! thanks for sharing.

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  • January 9, 2007 at 11:21 pm
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    never knew Koreans are that romantic to have a lot of special days for such stuff. altho i think not everything mentioned was really that popular. 😉

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  • July 23, 2007 at 3:41 am
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    Yeah Japan also have this White day. I knew it from watching hana yori dango 2. Anyway, celebrating each 14th day of the month is exciting. I wish I could go to Korea as well and visit Nami island and Cheongsan?(the island in the drama, spring waltz).

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  • May 15, 2008 at 8:46 pm
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    Maaaan, that is both cute and ridiculously depressing. It is a great thing to have every month if you have a special someone, but it has to really suck if you don’t! Just imagine being reminded on the 14th “you have no one.” >_<

    Otherwise it is very cute and a nice way to strengthen the bond between two lovers over the course of a year.

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