Happy Green Day, Korea (Aug. 14)
What is Green Day? Most Americans would tell you it’s the name of an American neo-punk band who singer affects a horrid fake British accent but apparently Koreans have their own “Green Day” on Aug. 14. Many events in Korea seems to happen on the 14th. Here’s the list:
- Jan. 14: Candle Day (couples exchange candles)
- Feb. 14: St. Valentine’s Day (ladies give chocolate to their men)
- March 14: White Day (men give white chocolates to their ladies)
- April 14: Black Day (single drown their misery in bowls of jajamyon)
- May 14: Rose Day (couples give each other roses)
- June 14: Kiss Day (You guessed it, couples are supposed to exchange kisses. Didn’t they do that on the 13th?)
- July 14: Silver Day (This is the day you’re supposed to introduce your special someone to all your seniors at school/work for the first time.)
- Sept. 14: Music Day (Take your beloved out “clubbing” — wherever there’s lots of music)
- Oct. 14: Wine Day (Or is that “whine” day? Take your beloved to a nice restaurant, buy a nice bottle of wine and decide whether the two of you are marriage material.)
- Nov. 14: Movie/Orange Day (Go see a movie and drink some orange juice.)
- Dec. 14: Hug Day (Send the Free Hugs Campaign right over.)
There’s also Pepero Day on Nov. 11 when young couples (and others as well) give each other Pepero cookies, which are chocolate sticks, which look like the number 1. That’s the connection. Koreans do have a sense of humor and plenty of ready-made excuses to eat chocolate.
Aug. 14 is supposed to be a day for couples walk around in the woods in green clothes (sounds like a St. Patrick’s day knock-off to me). Singles drown their sorrows by drinking lots of cheap soju (which is usually sold in little green bottles) to console themselves since they haven’t found someone to dress in green and sneak around with in the woods. This “holiday” is not nearly as popular as Valentines Day, White Day and Black Day, however. Maybe if Doosan or Jinro did a massive marketing blitz for Green Day, it might help the holiday gain some traction.
Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s becoming more popular in Korea thanks to the efforts of the Irish Association of Korea. They hosted their 9th Annual St. Patrick’s day parade this past March down the streets of Seoul. I’m sure there are many Americans who are thankful that the Irish do all this work to make their home away from home a little more like home. After all, there’s nothing more American than “Kiss me, I’m Irish” T-shirts, green beer and St. Patrick’s day parades.