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Speaker’s Corner: Korean Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2015

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Happy Day After Valentine’s Day! You might not be celebrating it like we are, because we couldn’t celebrate it yesterday, on actual Valentine’s Day, because we were sick with a cold. So we went out today for a nice brunch and looked at each other lovingly, but then started coughing profusely and so we went back home and napped for a few hours. SO ROMANTIC! So for those of you who are lamenting about being forever alone on Valentine’s Day, at least you got to go out and do something fun rather than run through a box of tissues with your snot, right? Right? At least, I hope so. If you were sick AND single then, damn, that must have really been sucky for you.

Big respect to the guy who was motivated on Valentine’s Day, and who interpreted it as a sign that he should try harder instead of wallowing in misery. I didn’t hear much of that on the internet lately. Props, bro.

Otherwise, that Korean couple that showed up in the video and talked about Valentine’s Day, and he asked her if she’s getting him chocolate, I’m not sure how many of you know about how Valentine’s Day is in Korea. We did a video on it A REALLY LONG TIME AGO, but I wouldn’t watch it if I were you. It’s so…bad. I’ll just explain it to you in text here. Much better in text. Ahem: girls get guys chocolate on Valentine’s Day. If the guy accepts the chocolate, he has to get her special things on White Day on March 14. So, Valentine’s Day isn’t really as big here in Korea as White Day. Here’s something interesting we just discovered as well: when we were looking at the Valentine’s Day chocolates here in Korea, we didn’t really notice anything special about them. In Canada, I remember seeing heart-shaped Reese Peanut Butter Cups, and cinnamon hearts, and pink M&Ms, and all that, but it’s not really like that here. The chocolate is the same here, and we wondered why for a bit, until we realized that if a girl is getting her Korean boyfriend a chocolate, I don’t think he’s gonna care much if it’s heart shaped or not. Once he accepts the chocolate, the oath has been taken. The shape of the chocolate doesn’t matter, right? For White Day, though, things will be fancier. Or, at least, this is what we’re guessing. We just thought of it this year. We’ll see in a month if it works. And, hopefully, next month we won’t spend White Day snotting and napping :D

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  1. Not sure if you’ve done a TL:DR on marriage in Korea but if you’ve not, I’m really curious about the marriage expectations there. One of the girl said that “she had to get married one day”. So, is there like a pressure for people to get married and have kids? (I’m sure other countries have that too, just curious bout Korea) But then, you see some Korean celebrities who don’t get married until they’re in their 40’s. Just wondering what’s the norm there. :)

    5 years ago
  2. Meg

    I feel like, thanks to the lovely Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation, “Galentines” day is actually getting pretty big here in the USA. It’s usually the day before Valentines Day or the day after and a bunch of girlfriends get together and celebrate each other. I’ve noticed a lot of people posting about doing on this year and I’m actually headed to a celebration soon :) Valentine’s all fine and dandy. I’m single right now but even when I was in a relationship I wasn’t into it. I’m like you two I’d rather be snuggled up at home napping and watching Netflix with my guy then spend the day pretending I’m super romantic. We would both know that a lie lol. Also my dog Georgia’s birthday is actually Feb 14th so I spend the day celebrating her BDay. She got a special toy and cake and lots of love! So technically she was my valentines date and she was the best one I’ve ever had! :D Dogs are the greatest <3

    5 years ago
    • I had a “Galentines” day this year! It’s a nice excuse to be silly and girly and make new friends. :)

      5 years ago
    • I know two people who did Galentine’s Day this year. It was the first year I’d heard about this. Props to Amy Poehler (or whichever writer on the show who thought that one up.) It seems like it’s the new Festivus for the rest of us.

      5 years ago
  3. I agree with the one girl saying she likes it because of all the cheap candy the day after. I went to Wal-mart today with my parents and I was like “Oh hey! All the Valentine’s day candy will be on sale today!!!” Even though I don’t have a boyfriend, I enjoy the day because I get to see how sweet my parents are to each other. It just makes them so adorable!

    By the way, that blond guy towards the end was funny. Yes, he is handsome. :)

    5 years ago
  4. This year the valentines day was awesome for me because it was kind of unnoticeable, since this year the Carnival (Uzgavenes https://www.google.lt/search?q=uzgavenes&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=HcHgVJxryepS-u-CyAI&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=667) was being celebrated in the city on the same day. (It actually is on the 17th, but the celebrations in the city centers are usually held on the Saturday before the actual fest day)
    I went to the city with my brother, we danced some folk dances, gawked at the creative masks people were wearing (I will Definitely make one for myself next year! but I say that every year….) and ate some pancakes (It’s obligatory on Uzgavenes!)

    So… It was an enjoyable valentine’s day this year for me X3

    5 years ago
  5. Hi Simon! Hi Martina! I have a question for you about Korean relationships – in the states its not uncommon to see a man married to a women 10-30 years younger than he is. Does this happen often in Korea and are Korean people ok with it? It seems like due to the social structure, that would almost never happen. Any examples?

    Thanks guiiise!

    5 years ago
  6. I liked the guy who mentioned that you should let the people you love know everyday. Also to have his self confidence “I am handsome.” The two girls reminded me of me and my best friend.

    5 years ago
  7. In fact, I was sick and single on Valentine’s Day. >:(

    Actually, I don’t really care. The best part of Valentine’s Day for me was my daughter.
    She is in Kindergarten so this was her first experience making a Valentine’s box and giving/receiving valentines at school and I just had so much fun watching her!

    5 years ago
  8. I didn’t get to spend this Valentine’s with my loved one, as he’s still in Australia :(
    Buuut we did call each other, and he surprised me with sending a single red rose and Roses chocolates :)

    5 years ago
  9. In Denmark we don’t reeeeally celebrate Valentine’s day (or White Day for that matter), so you don’t see heart-shaped chocolate or fancy cards that you can buy just for the sake of Valentine’s anywhere. And I mean it’s fine for couples cause you don’t really need chocolate and stuff in order to show your love for your special someone, but everywhere on the internet people comfort singles by telling them that “Oh hey you get to buy cheap chocolate the day after Valentine’s! Isn’t that great?” and that isn’t the case, sadly, for singles in Denmark (or I think, really, most places outside of North America) </3

    5 years ago
  10. Well… Valentines day is actually my birthday so…..yeah….

    I spent it with my bf and I do give him chocolates. Only reason is because I feel bad about having my bday on Valentines day and I dont want him to spend so much on me to get both a Valentines day gift and a bday gift.
    When I made chocolates, I just made them as little balls because I’m scooping them from a pan and he’s going to eat it regardless if it looks like a heart.

    5 years ago
  11. hi and lots of love..im from estonia and here we celebrate it as friends day.We make cards and give candy to our friends and family.So its ok to be single ;) (Y)

    5 years ago
  12. For Valentines day my boyfriend and I saw a movie at the drive ins the night before and then when I got off work on v-day I bought a heart shaped pizza for us. :)

    5 years ago