For those of us who don’t have a significant other to spend the ‘romantic’ holidays with, events such as Valentines Day and White Day tend to get a bit too much to handle – all those heart shaped snacks, flower bouquets and, dare we say it, public displays of affection can get quite sickening after a while.
But for the growing number of people who constantly spend these love themed days by themselves, fear not! In Korea, on the 14th of April, single people of all sorts gather together and mourn their, seemingly, eternal aloneness – and this important tradition is called Black Day (블랙데이).
The tradition of Black Day is a pretty simple one:
- Dress in an all black outfit – including accessories, glasses and nail polish
- Meet up with fellow single people and complain about being alone, other couples or just about life in general
- And, most importantly, chow down on a bowl or two of Jjajangmyeon (짜장면) – noodles covered in a thick black bean paste!
Eating jjajangmyeon, which can be compared to binge-eating ice-cream when you’re sad, is one of the most key and crucial components of Black Day – without it, this unofficial celebration just isn’t complete. There are even jjajangmyeon eating competitions that are organised for this special loner-fest!
But, instead of being completely depressing event, Black Day has evolved from a tradition for the romantically unfortunate into a celebration of singleness and being alone!
Rather than spend the whole day wallowing in self pity, those who take part in the Black Day festivities (maybe after a cry or two) use the time to gather and have an enjoyable time with friends – being single isn’t all that bad at all, especially when there is a great excuse to be inhaling bowls of jjajangmyeon!
Feature image Source: ©블랙데이, Claudia Deborah, 15.02.2018, inspiremekorea