National Holidays In South Korea

National Holidays In South Korea these days celebrate events considered joyous to  South Korea. In the beginning, Independence Declaration Day (March 1) was first stipulated in 1946. After the establishment of the Government of the Republic of Korea in 1948, four major National Celebration Days (Independence Declaration Day, Constitution Day, Liberation Day, National Foundation Day) were provided by “The Law Concerning the National Celebration Days”  in 1949. In 2005, Hangul Day became the 5th National Celebration day.

National Flag Raising Days In South Korea

All the National Celebration Days, Memorial Day (half staff), Armed Forces Day are provided by Article 8 of the “National Flag Law” . On these days, the raising of the taegukgi at every house and along every roadside is promoted.

Public Days Off In South Korea

They are provided by the “Ordinance Concerning the Holidays of Government and Public Offices”  This ordinance originally applied only to government and public offices, but most individual business offices also follow it.

Following is the list of  may be all the National holidays in South Korea . we tried our best to collect most of the information .But yes we don’t claim that  this post will have all the or the full information of all the national holidays of South Korea.

List of National holidays in South Korea

English name Korean Names Date Remarks Day off
New Year’s Day Sinjeong January 1 The official name of the holiday means New Calendar New Year’s Day yes
Korean New Year Seollal 1st day of 1st lunar month Also called Seol (설) or Gujeong (구정, 舊正). The first day of the Korean lunar calendar. It is one of the most important of the traditional Korean holidays, and is considered a more important holiday than the Gregorian New Year’s Day. yes (3 days)
Independence Movement Day Samiljeol March 1 This day commemorates the March 1st Movement in 1919. On March 1 of this year, 33 Korean nationalists and students declared their nation’s independence in Seoul. It started a nationwide civil protest and was a catalyst for the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (April 13, 1919). yes
Election day of National Assembly Members Kooghoieuiwon Seongeril April 1 This day to vote on the National Assembly Members which are to be every 4 Years. Yes
Children’s Day Eorininal May 5 The day on which to esteem the personalities of children and plan for their happiness. In Korea, Children’s Day started on May 1, 1922, when 8 persons including Bang Jeong-hwan (방정환) declared the Day and held an anniversary. In 1946, the Day changed to May 5, and became a public holiday in 1975. yes
Buddha’s Birthday Seokgatansinil 8th day of 4th lunar month Also called Bucheonnim Osinnal (부처님 오신 날) or Sawol Chopail(사월 초파일,四月初八日). The birthday of Gautama Buddha. yes
Memorial Day Hyeonchung-il June 6 The day commemorates the men and women who died while in military service or in the independence movement. On this day, a national commemoration ceremony is held in Seoul National Cemetery. yes
Constitution Day Jeheonjeol July 17 The day celebrates the promulgation of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948. Yes
Liberation Day Gwangbokjeol August 15 The day celebrates the national liberation from the Empire of Japan in 1945. On the same day in 1948, the government of the Republic of Korea was established. The word Gwangbok means “restoration of light”. yes
Korean Thanksgiving Chuseok 15th day of 8th lunar month Also called Han-gawi (한가위). Korean traditional harvest festival. With Korean New Year, it is one of the most important Korean traditional holidays. As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and feast on traditional food. yes (3 days)
Armed Forces Day Gukgunuinal October 1 The day recognizes, venerates, and honors the military forces of the Republic of Korea. It is the anniversary of the day in 1950 when South Korean forces broke through the 38th parallel during the Korean War. Yes
National Foundation Day Gaecheonjeol October 3 The day celebrates the foundation of Gojoseon, the first state of the Korean nation. According to the Samguk Yusa, Dangun founded Gojoseon on the 3rd day of 10th lunar month, 2333 BC. Today, South Koreans celebrate their national foundation on October 3 according to the Gregorian calendar, for convenience sake. Gaecheonjeol means “Heaven-opened Day”. yes
Hangul Day Hangeulnal October 9 The day commemorates the invention (1443) and the proclamation (1446) of hangul, the native alphabet of the Korean language. King Sejong the Great, inventor of hangul, is one of the most honored rulers in Korean history. yes
Christmas Seongtanjeol December 25 Commonly called Seongtanjeol (성탄절,聖誕節), especially among Korean Catholics. The Korean word jeol (절,節) means ‘holiday’ or ‘festival’, and is only used for National Celebration Days in South Korean law. The words il (일,日) and nal (날) mean ‘day’ and are used for the names of general commemoration days. yes

  National Holidays In South Korea

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