Feb 16, 2011

*Valentines Day~ Korean style*

Korea is very big on holidays that celebrate love, but most of all, the giving of snacks :) Remember this one:

Pepppero Day? Well Valentines day is no exception.

Valentines day here in Korea is celebrated a little differently to other, 'western' countires. Here, Valentine's day is when the girls are supposed to provide the guys with gifts, and spice and all things nice; and on White Day (14th March, one month after Valentines Day) the opposite happens. Guys who recieved prezzies/chocolates,   on Valentine's Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts, usually more expensive. Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelery, white chocolate, white lingerie?! and marshmallows.

And then, just to make sure no one is left out, there is also Black Day (April 14. Black Day is a South Korean informal tradition for single people to get together and eat jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce), sometimes a white sauce is mixed for those who did not celebrate White Day. The idea is that those who did not give or receive gifts on Valentine's Day (February 14) or White Day (March 14) can get together and eat jajangmyeon (자장면), white Korean noodles with black bean sauce, to celebrate their singledom. So in Korea, theres something for everyone :)

Keeping with the tradition, Christina (you might remember from a post a awhile back about getting your nails done in Korea ) and I headed out to do some Valntines shopping the day before the the actual day ~! Big Mistake! Not only were the stores stuffed full of young Korean girls all scrambling for the cutest cards/boxes/wrapping but most of the stuff was sold out. Anyway, we did manage to find a few things to make our respective loved ones some yummmy home made chocolates...isn't Korea great!

Getting our ingredients ready...

The soon to be 'full' trays

And the finished product...

But, it wasn't just a Korean Valentines...I was surprised with my own little packages of specialness to open too...what a lucky lady :)

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