With the scent of love in the air, trying to figure out how to prepare for Valentine’s Day may seem hard. But did you know it’s celebrated once a month from February to April in South Korea?
Every 14th of the months of February through April relate in a way to Valentine’s Day. This doesn’t mean you have to gift your loved ones something those three months unless you want to, of course! But instead, the “season of love” is celebrated in its own unique way.
- February 14th - Valentines Day
The first date that makes up this trio is, of course, Valentine’s Day! Celebrated on the 14th of February, this day differs slightly from what many are used to. Instead of being a day in which anyone and everyone can share their feelings with one another, this date is specifically reserved for women to make the first move. Chocolates are used as a gift to show men a sign of affection, what other way could beat this sweet proposal?
- March 14th - White Day
A holiday that started just over thirty-five years ago in Japan, White Day is the guy’s turn to show affection back to women. The rule that applies for this date is that any guy who received chocolates on Valentine's Day, will show their signs of affection to a girl on this day. The name of this holiday comes from the fact that men usually give primarily white gifts whether it be chocolates, flowers, or balloons. Whatever one decides to gift on this day will surely hold special meaning for everyone involved.
- April 14th - Black Day
What about those of us that didn’t receive anything in the previous dates? Don’t fret! Black Day is specifically for those singles that didn’t receive proposals on Valentine's or White day! And what better way to celebrate this day than by eating jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles) with your other single friends? Although not as romantic as other dates, sharing quality time with your friends sure does make this day just as special.
With a date for everyone in mind, no one has to worry about how to celebrate the “season of love” anymore. Whether it’s spending time with a significant other or just family and friends it’s time well spent nonetheless!
How will you be celebrating this Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comments below!
Cover Image: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (JTBC)
Written by Briseida Rivera