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Valentine’s Day is not the only day to commemorate love or the lack thereof. Here’s a look at some others!

By Penny K

Japan
Love Messages Yelling Event

29 January

i love you, can you tell?

The event which precedes “Love Your Wife Day” (31 Jan) in Japan is one where men make known their feelings for loved ones by shouting it out loud. This year, the event took place at the Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, co-hosted by a citizen group dedicated to devoted husbands. Some 30 or so participants took to the stage, yelling “I love you” or “Let me be with you.” Kiyotaka Yamana, a Tokyo resident who started the “Love Message Yelling Event” after his marriage failed did so to prove that Japanese men who seem to care more about work than anything else aren’t all that unromantic. For some, expressing their true feelings for the woman they love is emotionally liberating. For others who have been married for years, it is an act of gratitude: one husband, his voiced choked up with tears, thanked his wife for staying with him although he lost his job more than a year ago.

Tips if you intend to let your loved one know how you feel about them this way:

Do vocal warm-ups. This includes breath control, diction, blending and balance. Diction is important you wouldn’t want the message to be lost after you’ve plucked up the courage to scream your heart out!

Choose the right spot. A more romantic spot would be the beach but if you’re shy, perhaps Speaker’s Corner?

Plan beforehand what you’re going to shout. Is it going to be a simple “I love you” or an elaborate “Please clean up after yourself, but if all else fails, I still adore you – somewhat”?

Be confident. This is important because who’s going to take you seriously if you’re not?

South Korea
White Day, Black Day
14 March, 14 April

chocolates

In South Korea, women give chocolate to men on February 14 and men give non-chocolate candy to women on White Day. On Black Day, those who did not receive anything on the 14th of Feb or March go to a Chinese restaurant to eat black noodles and “mourn” their single life.

Tips on how to celebrate Black Day

Firstly, don’t mourn because there’s nothing bad about being single! And don’t eat black noodles for goddsakes!

Get a couple of girlfriends, pick a nice place for dinner. Go for drinks where you might meet other single men. Who knows?

Put on something nice, or something hot if you’re in the mood.

Do something that’s not run of the mill. Go out in the daytime for a picnic and then retreat to someone’s home and watch DVDs.

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