The Perks of a Korean Holiday: Happy White Day!

        A day when gifts of chocolate and candies exchange hands. I do realize that this sounds very much like Valentines Day, and you must be thinking, “the Koreans are a month behind, weird.” 


        Actually, the Koreans also celebrate Valentines Day on February 14th, but with a difference. Unlike men back home in the U.S who are scurrying about like headless chickens trying to buy last minute flowers, Korean men can take it easy. In Korea the opposite occurs. Valentines Day is when Korean women shower the men with chocolates and gifts. 

         (All the men are thinking, “time to move to Korea.”)

         Not so fast, there is retribution, also known in Korea as White Day. March 14th, is the day when the men must reciprocate the gift giving.  

        I was thoroughly surprised and delighted to receive a few
“gifts” from students.  I am a fan of White Day. It means I get to hear, “teacher, teacher, for you, teacher,” followed by a handful of sugary morsels.


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