Black Day (for lonely people.)

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Korea Rep.  , Gwangju,
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Today marked "Black Day" in South Korea, a day when lonely people (without a special someone) slurp down rice noodles in black sauce called jajangmyeon and wish for the day when they'll meet that special someone.  

Munsan Middle School served noodles today, along with some delicious but (as per usual) unrecognized dishes heavily based upon rice.  "How did you know about Black day?"  astonished Koreans asked all day.  This was not surprising, once you know that I have on more than one occasion received a hearty round of clapping for spelling my own name.  

A lovely little article I picked up from the Gwangju International Center, in Gwangju News: by Park Minji.

Apparently couples do super cute things all year round (in keeping with the country's overall cuteness) and buy each other things, like roses, or wine. Of course, the best things in life are free, and so Koreans also mark a Kiss Day (give your significant other a kiss) and Hug Day (guess what!)

It snowed in the evening, and so all plans of going on an out-of-neighborhood-adventure were dropped, and Austin and I ran to a nearby grill for heated floor seating and delicious lettuce-in-cased meat.  Our waitress was very excited (as are most Gwangju natives) to have westerners in her restaurant, even going so far as to phone her sister to find out the expression for "have a nice meal!" and cooking our meat herself, probably because she thought we'd make a mess of it.  Of course, to dot the i's and cross the t's, we were given the international symbol of friendship--an on the house coke.  

 "Ahhh!  Black day!" she says to my cultural questions. "I did not eat noodles today.  But I have no... boyfriend no find."  So the rules are't so strict.  Apparently the number of days until you meet your one true love are not dependant on the poundage of black sauce and noodles you can down on April 14th.  

How will I make it until Rose day (May 14th?)  The suspense is killer.
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