What is ‘Black Day’ in Korea?

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Have you heard of ‘Black Day’ in Korea?

It’s an unofficial holiday meant to console people without significant others (boyfriends/girlfriends), celebrated every year on April 14th. Named “Black Day” in contrast to “White Day,” it’s a day for those without partners. Because of the term “black” in its name, people often eat black-colored foods like jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles) on this day.

Valentine’s Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, and Kiss Day all fall on the 14th of February, March, April, May, and June, respectively. Originally, White Day was created by Korean businesses as a companion to Valentine’s Day, and the other days followed suit, all landing on the 14th. There doesn’t seem to be any particular significance to the date of the 14th for these occasions.

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