About 80% of the people who work at my campus are female so that means in typical White Day tradition it is customary for me to purchase candy or chocolate for students and staff (including Devante of course). Here are my observations of the situation in the streets of Mokdong, around our work.
On my way to buy chocolate (and triangle kimbap), check out the exterior of Family Mart all decked out.
...okay, so Family Mart didn't have the gimbap flavors I wanted. Off to GS25 instead--oh, look what we have here, a tent outside with chocolate galore (read more about convenience stores here):
Even cans of Coke are joining in on the White Day fun (curious what McCol is? Check out my review of it here):
You can't just buy chocolate for one person and ignore everyone else. I received chocolate from both students and staff on Valentine's Day so I was obligated to return the favor. As the saying goes, "when in Rome...do as the Romans do". But in this case it's "when in Korea, do as the Koreans do"--so I did. Every female at the school received chocolate from me and so did most of my students (even the boys--I have to be fair):
I have one class that is dominated with emphatic and enthusiastic girls. I knew they were going to get on my case about White Day. When these girls arrived at school they immediately ran up to me and started tugging and poking me about "where is our candy!!". They even followed me to the washroom and waited for me to come out--to bug me about it some more. Talk about being persistent, jeez! I was ready to make some heads roll (muhahaha), but I didn't think that would make management too pleased. This is what was written on my white board when I entered the class (that orange glow is the sun setting behind me):
The boys in my last class told me that they were beat up today. I was shocked to find out it was the girls slapping them and poking them (sort of what I experienced on a lesser scale) because they showed up empty handed! Oh you silly boys, I'll give you a few more years and maybe you'll come to your senses. The lone girl in the class told me she was showered with gifts--including a huge gift basket from another boy in her class. I told her that "he probably likes you" and immediately her face turned beet red and she had a fit. Haha!
Check out this video of the girls taking this White Day business seriously!
Let's recap here: White day is when men (and boys) buy chocolates for women, in theory. It doesn't always work out that way though. Men are from Venus and Women are from Mars. So I was a little perplexed to receive the following gifts from two boys in my class, but nonetheless grateful (read about Lotte's Dream Cacao chocolate here--people eat this stuff like it's laced with crack):
So far I've covered Valentine's Day in Korea, Pepero Day, and now White Day. What's next? I'm glad you asked because Black Day is coming up soon (no, this is not a joke). According to Wikipedia:
The idea is that those who didn't give or receive gifts on Valentine's Day or White Day can get together and eat Jjajangmyeon (짜장면), Korean noodles with black bean sauce (hence the name), to commiserate their singledom.So there you have it. All the singles who received diddily-squat on Valentine's Day and White Day can eat black bean noodles in misery--together. This is great, because it just makes the quote "misery loves company" come to life so much better. Oh, by the way, one more thing...
Happy White Day!
If you live on the westcoast of BC, please visit White Spot on my behalf to celebrate this Korean tradition. This could be the start of something new...