Today is the Korean wonder that is Pepero Day…
Peperos are similar to the “ChocStix” we get in South Africa. Apparently Pepero Day started almost 20 years ago by students from a girls’ middle school, where they gave their friends Pepero sticks as gifts to wish one another to grow “as tall and skinny as a Pepero“.
It is held on November 11th every year, as the date (11/11) resembles four sticks of Pepero. These days it is similar to Valentines Day. Friends, co-workers and couples exchange boxes of Pepero, handmade pepero and huge gift boxes of Pepero.
Shopping is INSANE. It kind of feels like a HayDay sale where the wife throws a frozen chicken across the aisle to her husband.
Last year I had elementary students *screaming* at me: “GIVE!!!!!!!! MEE!!!!!!!!!! PEPEROOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!” and getting SO mad when I said I didn’t have any! (Seriously… R7 a kid… 200 students. No.) This year I’ve found some individually wrapped ones and I’m hoping my middle school students will be more mature about it!
This year is a special Pepero Day, since the year is also 2011. This means… 11/11/11. South Korean woman have even urged doctors to schedule their C-sections on this day, so that their children’s birth date will be 11/11/11, which would make their ID numbers start with 111111.
This morning I stumbled upon a video promoting Pepero day. I *swear* this could be a condom ad. But if you put that thought aside, it’s really cute! Click here to watch the Pepero video!
I hope everyone has a chocolate filled Pepero day today. Make a wish at 11:11!