If I were still in LA, I’d celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food and margaritas today. In Korea, May holidays include Children’s Day 어린이날 (5/5) and Buddha’s Birthday 석가탄신일 (5/12). As a gyopo, this Monday I will avoid crowded family fun zones and serve something Mexican for dinner. Next week, as a good wife, I will go to temple with mother-in-law and enjoy all the colorful lanterns with wishes attached.

Colorful lanterns line the street to commemorate Buddha’s Birthday in Seoul.