Friday, March 12, 2010

Valentines Day In March, Why Not?

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda



Got this cute teddy bear with a red lip ( yea, singular coz just one line) and a heart-shaped nose, saying the word "Be Mine" and chocolates in heart-shaped box, from the parcel service. The package was sent by my prince Mark who is currently in Idaho. How thoughtful of him!

My prince would have wished to have the package arrived in time for Valentines Day last February 14 to express his love and affection for me (how sweet!), but the mailing service is quite slow that the package arrived in March. Well, I surely can celebrate Valentines day in March! I am sure my Koreans, Japanese and Taiwanese friends out there won't mind!

White Day is a day celebrated in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan on March 14, one month after Valentine's Day.


In Japan, Valentine's Day is observed by females who present chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to a male, as an expression of love, courtesy or social obligation. The handmade chocolate is usually preferred by the receiver, because it is a sign that the receiving male is the girl's "only one". On White Day, the converse happens: males who received a "chocolate of love" or "courtesy chocolate" on Valentine's Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts, usually more expensive.

In South Korea, women give chocolate to men on February 14, and men give non-chocolate candy to women on March 14 or White Day. On April 14 (Black Day), those who did not receive anything on the 14th of February or March go to a Chinese restaurant to eat black noodles (jajangmyeon) and "mourn" their single life. It is interesting to know that the 14th of every month marks a love-related day in Korea, although most of them are obscure. From January to December: Candle Day, Valentine's Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day, Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day. Wow! This is one reason why I would want to move to Korea now!

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