Each year, South Koreans recognize “Black Day,” an informal holiday that celebrates (while also simultaneously mourning) singlehood.
“Black Day” is a response to Korea’s own two-part Sadie-Hawkins-style version of Valentine’s Day: Once on February 14, when girls buy chocolates for guys, and once on March 14 (also known as “White Day”), when guys buy candies or chocolates for girls.
For those uncoupled and unable to participate on either Valentine’s occasion, there’s “Black Day.”
But “Black Day” isn’t just any singles’ appreciation day. It’s a display of truly quirky and playful traditions.
Here are just some of the reasons why we should consider adopting them:
1. They drown their sorrows in delicious bowls of black bean “jajangmyeon” noodles.
The Chinese-derived dish is comprised of noodles, pork, vegetable garnishes, and topped with a thick salty black soybean paste. It’s a national favorite.
2. There are even organized eating contests, where participants are encouraged to eat their weight in food.
4. They don all black everything to show their unity.
Everything from their garments, to their nails, to their shoes.
5. And while some Korean singles feel tremendous pressure to couple up around this time…
Each year, matchmakers have capitalized off of this day by offering special speed-dating services.
6. Most folks are just like “whatever, INDEPENDENCE.”
(Or, at least, begrudgingly.)