Today is Pepero day. What is Pepero, you ask? It’s the Korean version of a cracker you might more easily recognize by its Japanese counterpart, Pocky: those long, thin crackers dipped in a variety of sweet flavours. (Just don’t mention Pocky here, because Pepero is King.) For the past few days, grocery stores have been discounting their Pepero (and other chocolates) and people have been GOING CRAZY FOR IT. I’ve seen people with whole carts of Peppero, and I might’ve bought a box or ten myself…
So what is Pepero day exactly? Well, today is November 11, a.k.a. 11/11, and all these 1’s look a lot like Pepero sticks, so Lotte, the snack food brand that owns Pepero, decided to make bank and declare its own snack holiday. Which is nuts. That’d be like if Oreo just grabbed a date for itself and declared it Oreo day, and everyone bought Oreos en masse and everyone was getting different flavoured Oreos from everyone else in one big Oreo Orgy of Deliciousness…which actually sounds kind of awesome…COME ON, CANADA, WE COULD REALLY USE A BACON DAY!
As you will have gathered, on Pepero day, everyone gives Pepero to their friends (or love interests) as a sign of affection. It’s sort of like a snack Valentine’s day. Here’s an adorable video about it.
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Today my Grade 5 students were absolutely adorable and I got not one, not two, but THREE boxes of Pepero. One even asked me 3 days in advance which flavour I wanted. Scored me some free almond Pepero, oh yeah!
Jolly holidays aside, today is also Veteran’s Day in Canada. I really wish I could have worn a poppy or taught my students about it, but I figured talk of WWII miiiight be a huge downer on their Pepero day festivities…especially considering the harshness of what happened on this end of the globe during that time. The WWII era and the Korean occupation by the Japanese is a HUGE topic here, one that will require its own blog post to explore thoroughly. I’ve certainly learned a lot more about it in the one month I’ve been here than in my whole life back home. In Canada, the Korean War was just that Other war that happened after Vietnam. Or maybe before. I don’t know. It happened and Red Foreman was in it.
So while I cannot wear a poppy today, I’d just like to take some time to pay my respect to the veterans who gave up their lives for our generation and more to come.
Also, I heard about the white poppy thing. WHAT THE HELL PEOPLE.
That is all.