Koreans officially follow the Gregorian calendar, though some holidays are celebrated according to the Eastern lunar calendar. During the official holidays, offices and banks are closed but palaces, museums, most restaurants, Department stores, and entertainment venues of Seoul (see tickets to Seoul from Moscow ) work. The most important traditional holidays for Koreans are sallal and it’s thanksgiving, kardamilon people go home to celebrate their
together with relatives. In the days sallal Koreans hold memorial ceremonies for ancestors and make Seba a big thank you to the senior as a sign of respect and as new year greetings
New year (1-2 January)
The first day of the new year holiday is recognized
and it is noted.
Sallal (January – February)
The beginning of the new year on the lunar calendar is one of the most important traditionally celebrated events of the year, which is still schaetsya more significant than January 1st. Most businesses and institutions are closed and people take several days off to spend a few days at home with family. This day we rise early,wear their best clothes and bowing before seniors to confirm the fortress of family bonds. Festive meal consists of special dishes, such as fccuk and manduguk. The men play the Ute and start of kites, the boys start spinning tops. In 2004 sallal falls on 21-23 January.
Day of the independence movement (March 1)
This day is celebrated in memory of declared March 1, 1919 during the Japanese colonial rule, the Declaration of independence. The text of the Declaration read out during a special ceremony in the Park of Kaptol in Seoul – where the document was first read to the people.
Tree planting day (April 5)
Every year across the country planted trees. This part of the program for reforestation.
Buddha’s birthday (April – may)
The 8th day of the 4th lunar month/may 26, 2004-In many Buddhist monasteries of the country held a special ceremony, and in their yards are hung out the lanterns. In the evening on the last Sunday before the Day of Buddha’s birth, these lanterns are lit and the parade of lights. In 2004, the parade will be held on may 23..
Children’s day (may 5)
On this day, parents dress their elegant children, take them to parks, zoos, parks of culture and recreation or a movie and spend all day in games and entertainment.
Memorial day (June 6)
This day is dedicated to the memory of soldiers and civilians who gave their lives for the country. The largest ceremony is held at the National cemetery in Seoul.
Constitution day (July 17)
Is celebrated on the day of the proclamation of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea on July 17, 1948
Liberation day (15 August)
On this day in 1945, accepting the allies terms, Japan surrendered, bringing Korea was liberated.
It’s thanksgiving (September – October)
It’s thanksgiving is the most important traditional holiday of the year. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It is often called the American way “day of thanksgiving”. It is a harvest festival, when lifted up gratitude for the bounty of the earth. On this day, from all over the country in the house of the ancestors come relatives. 27-29 September 2004
National Foundation day (3 October)
This day recalls the Foundation of the legendary God-king dangun, the first Korean state in 2333 BC a small ceremony performed before the altar on top of mount Manisan on the island of ganghwado. It is believed that this altar was erected by Dangun for ritual offerings to the spirits of his ogca and grandfather.
Christmas day(25 December)
As in many other countries, Christmas in Korea is considered a public holiday,
Labour day (1 may)
Although labor Day is not considered a public holiday, banks and business institutions don’t work, many people relax.
Parents day (may 8)
On this day sons and daughters show their parents the love and respect