Valentine's Day is now an international holiday that many celebrate around the world. Like many holidays that get adopted around the world, the manner of which it gets celebrated can change as it is combined with a country’s culture. I am used to viewing Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate love - in a family, in platonic friendships and romantic in relationships. As for in romantic relationships, when I think of Valentine’s Day I think anyone can ask someone of their interest to be their Valentine. Growing up I recall being told I should wait for a guy would ask me to be his Valentines. This simply isn’t the case in Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
You know about the BIG holidays in Korea, such as Chuseok, and Seollal. But there are a lot of other holidays that are a big part of life here. Usually, Koreans work very hard. They study hard, they work long hours at work. So, that means that when they get free time, they use it to the best of their ability. This leads to some really culturally enriched holidays that are relatively new. They are important for the younger generations, and people are getting into them more and more with each passing year. For example, Christmas used to be seen as only a religious holiday for Christians, and then a couple's holiday. But these days it has become more accepted as a much larger holiday. The same goes for Halloween. Before, only foreigners used to celebrate Halloween. However, now it is becoming a much more significant part of Korean culture. Like these two, there are a variety of interesting and unique holidays, and also some variations that you should know before coming to Korea.Read More