Pepero and Poppy Day - 11 November

by Korea4Expats, 04/11/2016

Pepero Day
You have likely started to notice Pepero (빼빼로) advertising in stores and/or stacks of Pepero boxes in convenience stores everywhere. It's possible you will also receive these chocolate, sesame flavoured, sticks from your Korean friends, colleagues, staff or students. Because the 11 November date written out numerically is 11.11, which looks like 4 sticks, it has become a tradition in Korea to offer these stick ‘cookies’ as a gift on that day. A marketing idea that took off a few years ago and has now become an annual ritual in Korea.

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Remembrance Day Poppy
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month people around the world are asked to pause and remember the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and democracy during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict, the Iraq war, during peacekeeping missions and other conflicts everywhere..

Referred to as Remembrance Day throughout countries of the Commonwealth (countries originally colonised by the British) and as Veterans Day in the US, is a time for us all to pause and reflect on the terrible human costs of war – for both military and civilian populations . Originally called Armistice Day, the day commemorated the end of the First World War – “The War to End All Wars” - on Monday, 11 November 1918, at 11 a.m. — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The day Koreans commemorate the men and women who have died while in military service or in the country’s independence movement is 6 June.

The poppy is the official symbol of remembrance of those who gave their lives in war for their country and is worn during the two weeks prior to November 11. The poppy’s significance to Remembrance Day is a result the World War I poem In Flanders Field.  The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed on the battlefields.  Allegedly, a writer first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that fields that were barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. Just prior to the First World War, few Poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing “popaver rhoes” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

POEM - In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
— Lt.-Col. John McCrae, Canadian Military Physician (1872 - 1918)

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