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January 1: New Years Day- The first day of the year. The second day is also celebrated.
1st Lunar Month
1st Lunar Month: Lunar New Year’s Day (Seol)- This is day is the Lounar New year and is celebrated with family rituals honoring ancestors, eating rice cake soup, and traditional games.
he 15th Day of the 1st lunar month: The First Full Moon (Daeboreum)- Farmers and fishermen pray for a good season filled with plenty of food. Ordinary people pray for other good fortune and prepare special dishes.
March 1: Independence Movement Day- This day marks the day of the anti-Japanese independence movement in 1919.
April 5: Arbor Day- On this day, many Koreans plant trees.
4th Lunar Month
The 8th day of the 4th lunar month: The Buddha’s Birthday- The Buddha’s birthday is greatly celebrated with huge parades.
June 6: Memorial Day- This day is in remembrance of soldiers who died in battle. Some memorial services are held on this day.
5th Lunar Month
5th day of the 5th lunar month: Dano- Enjoying great feasts, people rest from work.
July 17: Constitution Day- This day commemorates the adoption of Republic of Korea Constitution in 1948.
August 15: Liberation Day- This day commemorates two events. One event is the liberation of Korea from Japan after 35 years under control in 1945. The second event is the establishment of the Korean government in 1948.
8th Lunar Month
15th day of the 8th lunar month: Harvest Festival Day (Chuseok)- Meaning “Bountiful Abundance”, Harvest Festival Day is a time for Korean families to visit their ancestors. Days before, special dishes are prepared and are brought to the ancestors sites.
December 25: Christmas- Since about half of Koreas population are Christians and celebrate Christmas like in the United States.