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Korean holidays

Holiday Date Descriptions
Samiljeol Mar.1 The day when Koreans declared independence, resisting the Japanese colonial rule,
and promoted Korea’s will for independence
Seokgatansinil Apr.8
(based on the lunar calendar)
The day when Buddha was born
Children’s Day May.5 The day to give hopes and dreams to children so that our future leaders can grow into healthy adults
Parents’ Day May.8 The day designated to express gratitude to parents
Teachers’ Day May.15 The day designated to thank and respect masters and teachers
Hyeonchungil Jun.6 The day designated to remember the dedication of the soldiers and patriots who gave up their lives for their country
Jeheonjeol Jul.17 The day to commemorate the enactment and announcement of the Constitution of Korea
Gwangbokjeol Aug.15 The day to commemorate the recovery of the independence of Korea,
which was once taken away by Japanese imperialists
Gaecheonjeol Oct.3 The national holiday to commemorate the foundation of Korea
Hangeullal Oct.9 The day designated to remember Great King Sejong who created Hangeul,
and encourage activities promoting and studying Hangeul
Seongtanjeol Dec.25 The day when Jesus was born

※ The days marked in red, Seollal and Chuseok are public holidays.

National holidays of Korea: Samiljeol, Jeheonjeol, Gwangbokjeol, Gaecheonjeol and Hangeulnal

※ National holidays: Days designated by law to celebrate happy occasions for the country

Four holidays of Korea: Seolnal, Dano, Chuseok and Hansik

Holiday Date Descriptions
Seollal Jan.1
(based on the lunar calendar)
Korea’s most important holiday. Koreans have a ritual for their ancestors and do Sebae on Seolnal.
The representative food for Seolnal is ddeokguk.
Dano May.5
(based on the lunar calendar)
Dano refers to the first five days.
It is considered as an important holiday as Dano has the most powerful Yang Xi in a year.
Chuseok Aug.15
(based on the lunar calendar)
It is the harvest period of five major grains after a year’s farming, and it is similar to Thanksgiving Day.
The representative food of Chuseok is songpyeon.
Hansik 105th day from Dongji This originated from the customs of ancient China.
It is said that fires must not be lit and people should eat cold foods on Hansik.