|A card I received on Pepero Day from my student Sunny!|
Because today is Pepero Day I received many gifts from my students! Pepero Day is a special day celebrated in Korea which is similar to Valentine's Day. Pepero is simply a chocolate covered cookie stick that is made by the huge corporation Lotte Confectionery.
My students explained to me that this day is not as big of a celebration as Valentine's Day. But they enjoy giving small gifts and boxes of Pepero to their significant others. According to many of my Korean students, they think that Lotte has capitalized on Pepero day. There was always a spike in Pepero sales around the month of November, and specifically on Nov 11th. Wikipedia states that some young school girls started in 1994 in Busan and exchanged the treats to wish one another to grow tall and slender like the Pepero stick. Now as a result Lotte encourages the holiday and sells many Pepero Day inspired gifts starting weeks before November 11.
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