When I walked into the teachers’ lounge this morning and found packs of pepero sticks on all the teachers’ desks, I had no idea it was for a NATIONAL holiday. Imagine having a holiday modeled after a particular brand of chocolate. Like REESE! Now THAT’S a holiday that would have my full support. Anyway, back to Pepero.
According to Wikipedia, Pepero Day is an observance in South Korea similar to Valentine’s Day. It is named after the Korean snack Pepero and held on November 11, since the date “11/11” resembles four sticks of Pepero. The holiday is observed mostly by young people and couples, who exchange Pepero sticks, other candies, and romantic gifts.
So my day started with this (from the director):
and then one of my kids gave me this half way through the day. HOW ADORABLE IS THAT MESSAGE.
At this point I still hadn’t figured out the significance of Pepero Day. Mostly because this kid gave me his previous day’s snack too. I felt so bad taking it from him but he insisted that it was “for you teacher” My heart has melted so many times during the past couple days I don’t think you’d recognize it as a heart anymore. Koreans have this way of making people feel loved. SO loved. (Here’s a picture of what he gave me yesterday)
It was DELISH. I remember eating something like this as a kid. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t called Ghana though.
And by the end of the day… this was my collection (not counting the zillion boxes I had munched on throughout the day)
Adorable Kids. Lots of Love. Pepero Sticks. What more could a girl ask for?!!