South Korea Holidays
January 1 (day off) – New year.
March 1 (day-off) – Samil day, Day of the independence movement.
5 April (day off) – Day of the tree dedicated to the restoration of forests in the country.
1 may – labour day.
May 8 – parents Day.
May 5 (day-off) – children’s Day.
June 6 (day off) – Day of memory of victims for the native land.
17 July (day-off) – Constitution Day in honour of the proclamation of the first Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948
August 15 (day off) – the Day of liberation, celebrated in honor of the completion of the Japanese occupation in 1945.
October 3 (day-off) – national Foundation Day, celebrated on manisan a mountain in Gangwon-do.
October 9 – Hangeul Day (Korean alphabet).
December 25 (day off) – Christmas.
About here in Korea the traditional Korean New Year and Gregorian New Year. Korean New Year is celebrated on the 1st day of the lunar calendar, the event is celebrated for 3 consecutive days.
Korean New Year (Sollal) – a family holiday, which is accepted to go to parents, to dress in hanbok. In the morning of the feast is customary to eat ttokkuk (the gravy “cook” thinly sliced and the rice cakes “TOC”). The man who finished a bowl ttokkuk, is considered to become one year older. One of the forms of knowledge of the age of the Koreans – “how many bowls you ate ttokkyo?”.
In many families, the holiday rush starts a week before Sallala. Most people buy gifts for their parents and close friends, as well as the products needed to prepare meals for the ceremony of offering sacrifices to the ancestors: meat, fish, fruit, Korean traditional sweets, rice bread, various vegetables and herbs. For the ceremony specially selected only fresh and quality products.
On the eve of Sollal all family members together serves to conduct the ceremony of ancestor worship. This day is usually prepares about 20 kinds of dishes, and their set can vary in the different provinces of Korea. The process of cooking festive food takes a lot of time and effort that has led to the emergence of the expression “holiday syndrome”.
The ceremony of worship is as follows: on the table are plates with names of ancestors and festive meals, then filled the glasses and made bows. Swiping “share”, Koreans pay tribute to their ancestors and asking them to protect and guard the descendants throughout the year.
After dinner the younger members of the family, the children bowing to the elder relatives. Such bows are called “Saba”. For each bow to the elderly members of the family say Junior new year wishes and give money. In modern Korea, the custom is particularly popular with the children, for whom the senior bow to always give money “SABATON”.
After the ceremony of worship ancestors, all the relatives gather together and play traditional games. The most popular game on Sollal is “unari”. In yunnori play as teams, and sometimes put on the line received for Christmas bows SABATON the money that makes the game more gambling. Also on Sollal popular card game “chathu”. Compared to “yunnori”, the rules in the “hwadu” more complex, but the game is very interesting, and mostly played by adults. Sitting at Huadu card, you probably will not be able to outrun them for 3-4 hours – this is so exciting. If you want to participate in traditional Korean games, like “jegichagi”, the launch of the kite “enallage”, “thujone”, ride the swings on a traditional “neolttwigi”, you can go to the nearest Royal Palace or Park. In these days especially for visitors there are all kinds of traditional Korean games and amusements.
March 1 – the Day of the independence Movement of Korea
Every year on 1 March, the people of Korea celebrate the Day of the independence movement. On this day in 1919 in Seoul, was published the Declaration of independence, which declared Korean independence from colonial Japan. The Declaration was signed by 33 patriots of South Korea and was read in Pagoda Park (now Park Tapgol) Seoul.
To demonstrate to the world the aspirations of the Korean people for sovereignty throughout the country, a wave of demonstrations. However, they were defeated by the Japanese police. The number of victims of the “struggle for independence” amounted to 47 thousand people.
In our days every year on 1 March in the Park Tapgol in Seoul held a special ceremony of reading the Declaration of independence. Such a peculiar tradition of the Koreans revere the memory of a great for their people’s day 1919.
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