Korea - The only country I have ever been to that has a national day for a biscuit!
13.11.2006 8 °C
Happy Pepero Day! I didn't even know what Pepero were until last week, when all of my students got very excited about the national day of the pepero on Saturday 11th. I tried explaining about Armistice day to some of them, but they weren't too interested.
Basically a pepero is a kind of stick-shaped biscuit that is either filled with or dipped in chocolate. But because they are stick-shaped, and because if you hold two together, they look like the number 11, November 11th has become the national day to give and receive these biscuits. Apparently this constitutes a national day here in Korea and not a marketing ploy as it would back home.
I received Pepero gifts from many of my students and even made myself a very popular teacher by giving a box of Pepero to one class as a prize for an activity they were doing.
In discussing Pepero day with some of my friends I also learnt about Black Day. This has to be my least favourite national day so far. Everyone who is single has to wear black for the day as if they are in mourning!! Apparently its in the spring sometime and I was wondering if it was just an unusual way of celebrating valentine's day, but its not. This is how crazy the whole marriage thing is over here - its a national tragedy if you are over 21 and not married. God forbid, if you are a young woman who wants to have a career and see a bit of the world before you settle down! More on that subject another time, I think...