Lunar New Year - 1st of Month by the Lunar Calendar What some in the West call the Chinese New Year. Families gather and enjoy various traditional foods and play traditional Korean games together.
Independence Day - 1st of March In 1919, some courageous patriots declared independence from Japanese colonial rule, which sparked a nation wide movement to struggle against Japanese occupation.
Arbor Day - 5th of April People of all ages participate in the reforestation of the country by planting and caring for trees.
Buddha's Birthday - Determined by the Lunar Calendar (May fall anywhere in April or May) Colorful celebrations are usually held at Buddhist temples around the peninsula. The highlight of festivities is the huge lantern parade through downtown Seoul.
Children's Day - 5th of May Children have their way on this wonderful holiday. Arnusement parks and other children's facilities are overloaded with kids and their families all having a good time.
Memorial Day - 6th of June This solemn holiday features many memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies especially at national cemeteries honoring those who died for their country.
Constitution Day - 1st of July After the liberation of Japan, in 1945, a new government was formed. This day commemorates the institution of the new constitution in 1948.
Liberation Day - 15th of August In memory of the joyous liberation from thirty five years of Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II.
Ch'usok - 15th of the 8th Month (Sometime in August or September) Arguably the most important holiday in the country, some call it the Thanksgiving of Korea. Relatives return to their hometown to visit with each other and worship their ancestors. A three-day holiday.
National Foundation Day - 3rd of October According to legend, the first Korean kingdom was founded in 2333 B.C. by the legendary figure known as Tangun. The nation remembers its original roots on this national holiday.