Love, Love, Love: Cute Couple Holidays in South Korea

Annie LeeCurrent

It’s impossible not to notice all the perfectly packaged chocolates, lollipops, and flowers being sold in front of local convenience stores everywhere in Korea. This month, couples both old and new are celebrating White Day, which happens to be one of the more popularly celebrated couple holiday in Korea. While most of the other holidays aren’t widely celebrated by everyone, Koreans have somehow designated a specific holiday every 14th day of each month for couples to celebrate their relationship and appreciation for one another.

Here’s a brief overview of each of the couple holidays in South Korea to keep in mind. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory.

January 14 – Diary Day

To kick off the new years, January 14 is a day dedicated to exchanging blank diaries and schedulers with loved ones and friends. Most couples get one specifically for their use only to record descriptive accounts of special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. 

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February 14 – Valentine’s Day

While Valentine’s Day might not be much different from how it’s celebrated in other parts of the world, Korea has its own way of celebrating it, making it a holiday in which the women give gifts and chocolates to their significant other as a way of declaring their feelings. 

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March 14 – White Day

White Day is not much different from Valentine’s Day, except this time, it’s the men that do the gift giving instead of women. While jewelry and flowers are good gifts, the customary gift to give is candy. 

April 14 – Black Day

In case you’re not in a relationship, there’s even an entire day dedicated for singles when friends get together and eat Jjajangmyun to celebrate (or weep about) being single. 

Jjajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles)

May 14 – Rose Day/Yellow Day