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Holidays in Korea

In South Korea, a lot of holidays, but the official non-working days are only eight of them. The most important Korean holidays – Sallal (Korean New year) and Chuseok (harvest festival) – are officially non-working days. It’s also worth noting that in the case that a holiday in the calendar falls on a weekly day off, it is not transferred the next day and just “burns”.

March 1 (day-off) – Samil (independence day of Korea) . It is noted the country’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

March 14 – White day . Korean analogue 8 March, men congratulate women and give them presents.

April 5 (day-off) – arbor Day . On this day, Koreans (very successfully) engaged in the restoration of forests in the country.

The eighth day of the fourth lunar month (April – may) — Buddha’s Birthday . Bright paper lanterns are decorated with all Buddhist temples and monasteries. Sometimes even lanterns adorn the streets and houses.

1 may – workers Day (labor day).

May 5 (day-off) – Children’s day (children’s day – Orini nal).

June 6 (day off) – Day of memory of victims for the native land . Is held in memory of all those killed in the Korean war.

July 17 – Constitution Day of Korea .

August 15 (day off) – Day of Liberation . Unlike independence Day (March 1) – this is a purely military celebration, in spirit very similar to the victory Day. Koreans celebrate liberation from Japanese occupation.

Fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month (September-October) — Chuseok . Harvest festival. His name is often translated as “thanksgiving”, which, in principle, close to his heart, however to the American holiday of course, he has nothing. Chuseok is supposed in the family to get together to honor the memory of ancestors. It does not require to make especially elaborate ceremonies – the spirits of the ancestors are invited to feast.

October 3 (day-off) – Foundation Day of Korea . National Foundation day, celebrated on mount Manisan in Gangwon-do.

October 9 (day off) – Hangeul Day (Korean alphabet day).

December 25 (day off) – Christmas . In Korea many Christians. so Christmas in Korea is celebrated widely enough.

January 1 – New year . In South Korea, is celebrated rather formally.

The first day of the lunar calendar (late January – mid February) – Solal (Korean New year) . The main Korean holiday of the year. On this day, all Koreans become one year older. According to the lunar calendar, spring begins. The New year celebration often takes several days and many institutions at this time do not work. Koreans try to spend the holiday with family, so transport these days is very busy.

Except for official public holidays in Korea are also actively celebrated the diverse holidays of the 14th number to each new 14 month timed to a particular holiday for couples and lovers.


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