If I were back home in Canada, I would be wearing a poppy on November 11th and paying my respects to our soldiers in light of Remembrance Day.
Instead, I will be in Seoul giving my students chocolate-coated cookie sticks for the holiday here.
November 11th in South Korea is Pepero Day.
Pepero (빼빼로) was inspired by Japan’s Pocky and comes in many different flavors, such as chocolate, chocolate-almond, strawberry and even cheese.
Pepero Day is held on November 11th because the date 11/11 looks like four sticks. It is similar to Valentine’s Day and is mainly celebrated by children and couples. Packages of Pepero are exchanged, along with other candy and gifts.
For weeks, I have noticed the extravagant Pepero displays inside supermarkets and convenient stores. Usually Pepero is a small stick about the size of a straw, but much larger versions are created for the special day.
Happy Pepero Day!