Koreans celebrate both old and new holidays, as the country embraces Western influences and sentiments while adhering to her own.
(Korean lunar dates are shown with *)
1/15* Dae Boleum (대보름): 1st Full moon. Wishing on the moon.
4/5 Hansik (한식): Honoring of ancestors and their wishes
5/5* Dano (단오): Wish for good harvest, gifting of fans to neighbors.
8/15* Choosuk (추석): Giving thanks to ancestors for harvest. Songpyeon is eaten on this day.
12/22 Dongji (동지): Longest night of the year. Red-bean porridge (patjuk) is eaten to ward off bad spirits.
5/8 Parents’ Day: Celebration of filial piety. Gifting of carnations.
5/5 Children’s Day: Celebration of children & childhood.
5/15 Teacher’s Day: Teachers get celebrated with gratitude & gifts.
5/16 Adult Day: Celebration of a teen turning 18. The ‘adult’ receives perfume, a rose, and a kiss. (3rd Monday of May)
5/21 Husband&Wife Day: Symbolizes that 2-is-1. Husband gifts Wife red and/or pink roses.
10/2 Elders’ Day: A newly created holiday established in 1997 to raise awareness for the elderly.
10/9 Hangeul Day: Celebration of the invention of Hangul by King Sejong.
(Modern 80’s adoption to Korean culture, inspired by Valentine’s Day.)
1/14 Diary Day: Lovers gift diaries to each other.
2/14 Valentine’s Day: Koreans celebrate Valentine’s as well, except on this day, women gift chocolates to men. “What about women” you ask? Well, keep reading…
3/14 White Day: Boy gives chocolates to his valentine (in Korea, women gift chocolates to men for Valentine’s Day)
5/14 Rose Day: Gifting of roses.
6/14 Kiss Day: Gifting of kisses.
7/14 Silver Day: Gifting of silver, also called ring day
8/14 Green Day: Nature walk with lover
9/14 Photo Day: Photo with lover
10/14 Wine Day: Red wine with lover
11/14 Cookie Day: Gifting of cookies to lover or crush
12/14 Hug Day: Hug with lover
How many Korean holidays do YOU celebrate? 🙂