South Korea celebrates many holidays every year. Many of the holidays that South Korea celebrate are celebrated by people everywhere, but many of the holidays that South Korea celebrates are celebrated just by the people living there. These holidays have to do with events in their culture, the religion practiced there, and the heros of the country. Below is a South Korean 2012 holidays calendar and what they mean to the people in South Korea.
Sunday, January 1st – New Year’s Day
New Years Day marks the beginning of the year on the Gregorian Calendar. Not only does Korea celebrate this holiday, but many other countries in the world celebrate this holiday as well.
Sunday, January 22 – Seollal Holiday Day
Seollal Holiday Day celebrates the Chinese New Year. There are many celebrations throughout the country, sometimes even lasting for up to fifteen days. These celebrations are known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Seollal day two and three are celebrated the following two days and are also known as holidays.
Tuesday, May 1st – Labor Day
Labor Day in South Korea is related to the celebration of the season of Spring. The day celebrates the hard workers of the world. On Labor day many of these workers are honored and receive the day off from their daily duties.
Saturday, May 5th – Children’s Day
Children’s day is a day for the children of the country to be honored. Many children receive gifts and goodies from their caregivers. The children get to be taken on fun trips such as the zoo, amusement parks, the circus, etc. This is a time for children and their caregivers to appreciate each other and bond.
Wednesday, August 15th – Liberation Day
Liberation Day, or Gwangbokjeol, celebrates the day that South Korea won their freedom from Japan. There is an official ceremony where the current president gives a speech and all homes and businesses display the Korean flag. There are many ceremonies where the official Gwangbokjeol song is sung as well. Gwangbokjeol is one of the most important South Korea Holidays.
Wednesday, October 3rd – National Foundation Day
The creation of ancient Korea is celebrated on Nationaly Foundation Day. There is a festival that is held every year. National Foundation Day is one of the most important South Korea Holidays.
Tuesday, October 9th – Hangul Day
Hangul Day or Korean Alphabet Day celebrates the invention of hangul. Hangul day is not as widely celebrated as it once was, but it is still observed in South Korea 2012.
Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Christmas day is not only celebrated in South Korea, it is celebrated all around the world. Christmas is used to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.