South Korean Public Holidays 2013
2013 Public Holidays South Korea
There are going to be 14 public holidays that be celebrated in South Korea for 2013. They include:
1. Sin-jeong (New Year’s Day) – 1st January 2013
Like in many other countries, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar is a public holiday in South Korea.
2. Seollal Holiday or Korea’s New Year’s Day – Day 1 – 9th February 2013
Seollal holiday is a very important traditional Korean holiday. It is marked to observe the first day of the lunar Korean calendar or the first day of the Year in the Chinese calendar.
3. Seollal Holiday – Day 2 – 10th February 2013
4. Seollal Holiday – Day3 – 11th February 2013
5. Sam-il-jeol (March1st Movement/Independence or Declaration Day) – 1st March 2013
On this day, Koreans celebrate the day when the country declared independence from Japan.
6. Eo-rin-i-nal (Children’s Day) – 5th May 2013
Although Children’s Day in Korea started in 1922, it only made a public holiday in 1975. The day is meant to celebrate the children and make them happy.
7. Seok-ga-tan-sin-il (Buddha’s Birthday) – 17th May 2013
With Buddhism being a public holiday, 17th May was made a public holiday to mark the birthday of its founder, Gautama Buddha.
8. Hyeon-chung-il (Memorial Day) – 6th June 2013
This day commemorates Korean servicemen and women who died either while on military service or during the independence movement.
9. Gwang-bok-jeol (Liberation Day) – 15th August 2013
This day celebrates the day when Korea was liberated from Japan. It was on this day in 1945 that Japan surrendered, and word war 2 came to a halt. The government of the republic was also formed on this same day in 1948.
10. Mid-Autumn Festival Day 1 – 18th September 2013
Mid-Autumn festival or Chu-seok is a traditional festival where Koreans celebrate the good harvest of the year.
11. Mid-Autumn Festival Day 2 – 19th September 2013
12. Mid-Autumn Festival Day 3 – 20th September 2013
13. (Gae-Cheon-jeol) National Foundation Day – 3rd October 2013
On this day, Koreans celebrate the establishment of the first state of the Korean nation.
14. Christmas Day – 25th December 2013
With Christianity being the other major religion, Christmas is also observed in South Korea.