White Day for Whit’s girl

Saturday was White Day in Korea.

It is a holiday celebrated on March 14, one month after Valentine’s Day. Celebrated in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, it is a day when men must buy women flowers, chocolates and gifts.

It was started in Japan in 1978 by the National Confectionery Industry Association as an “answer day” to Valentine’s Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine’s Day.

In the Far East, it is the women who buy gifts for men on Valentine’s Day. So on March 14, it’s the men’s turn.

And what about those who are single? Korea is a country that has a day for everything and everyone. So for the singletons, there is Black Day on April 14, a day for singles to get together and eat Jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce).

Lucky for me, my nine female Korean co-teachers reminded Whit that he better not forget to give me a White Day gift. In the end, he got me three–two different plants and some White Day candy.