In Korea, the 14th of every month is an unofficial holiday dedicated to couples. How inspiring! Add these holidays to your calendar:
Jan 14th– Diary Day
The idea behind this holiday is to exchange journals or diaries for the new year. So this year, make a romantic journal that has a record of your different dates, special memories you have with each other, or you can even write letters to one another by exchanging the book.
If you’re single, buy a journal and write letters to your future spouse. Present this journal to them on your wedding day.
February 14th– Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is celebrated a little different in Korea, because on this day, only the girls give gifts. The guys are then supposed to wait until March 14th to return the favor. So ladies: spoil your guy. Valentine’s Day is not all about what he’s doing for you, but what you can do for him as well. Do something a bit more masculine on Valentine’s Day, such as a sporting event, hiking, or rock-climbing If he asks where you want to go for dinner, say the name of his favorite restaurant instead of yours.
If you’re a single woman, show your appreciation to the other men in your life, such as your dad, your uncle, or your nephews. Single guys should schedule a night out camping, fishing, or throwing a LAN party.
March 14th– White Day
This is the day that the men are supposed to return their lady love’s affection. So completely spoil her on this day. Schedule her an appointment to get a manicure, take her to an elegant restaurant, or give her a basket full of goodies.
Single guys should spoil the women in their lives such as their mother, aunts, or nieces. Single ladies should have a girl’s night out by going to the movies, going dancing, or even throwing a pajama party.
April 14th– Black Day
This is the day where single people who didn’t receive gifts on Valentine’s Day or White Day show their sorrow by going out and eating black noodles.
This is a single’s day. Gather your single friends and spend some quality time together. If you’re in a relationship, gather up old friends you haven’t seen in awhile.
May 14th – Rose Day
It’s easy to figure out what this holiday is about by just looking at the title. Send your sweetheart romantic roses.
Meanings of Roses
Red: Love and commitment
Pink: Admiration and gratefulness
White: Purity and true love
Orange: Passion and intensity
Purple: Enchantment and love at first sight
Yellow: Joy and friendship (Platonic rose color)
This day is also considered Yellow Day in Korea, in which single people eat yellow curry rice. Why not use this day to go out on the town or to the beach? Soak up the sun then hit an Asian style restaurant afterwards.
June 14th– Kiss Day
Use your imagination. This day is probably the most fun to celebrate. Go to five or ten different places and take a picture of you kissing your love in each spot.
If you’re single, go out and buy a few bags of chocolate kisses. Give them friends and coworkers, or even give them out to complete strangers.
July 15th– Silver Day
This is a day to exchange small, silver gifts. Give your partner or someone you care for a token of appreciation, such as a symbolic necklace or bracelet.
August 14th– Green Day
This is a go-outdoors-and-enjoy-nature day. Single or dating, this is a perfect day to go out on a picnic, go for a nature hike, or do some adventuring around local scenic attractions.
September 14th– Photo Day
Photo day is simply a day to take pictures together as a couple. Find romantic places to take pictures or have your pictures professionally taken. Make a collage or slide show with your new pictures.
Single folks can get pictures taken with family or close friends, or can adventure out into scenic areas and take pictures of certain themes such as road signs, funky cars, or furniture people leave on the side of the road.
October 14th– Wine Day
Wine is a wonderfully romantic drink and is good for your heart. Have a wine and chocolate picnic (link), or schedule to tour a wine factory with your love or a close friend.
November 14th– Movie Day
Pick out an old movie, the first movie you ever saw together, or go to a specialty theater. Gather friends and have a movie marathon. If you’re not in the mood for the movies, feel free to check out local community theaters for plays and shows.
December 14th– Hug Day
The simplest of the holidays, Hug Day is a day to give out hugs. Give out hugs to family and friends. As a couple, try for your longest cuddling record.