Children’s Day in South Korea

April is now about to end marking the beginning of the month of May. In South Korea, May is considered to be one of the most festive months since it has several special days for celebration. These holidays are also mostly related with families thus making May a “Family Month.” The first on the series of Korean holidays in the month of May is Children’s Day (어린이날  Eorininal May 5).


Children’s Day actually started on May 1, 1922 through the hard work of the popular children’s book author Bang Jeong-hwan (방정환). His purpose for the holiday was to promote love, care and respect for the youth because they are the future of the country. In 1946, it was pushed to May 5 and was officially registered as a holiday in 1961.


Children’s Day could be said to be viewed in Korea like how birthday and Christmas day are anticipated by children in other countries. During this day, parents shower their kids with gifts ranging from toys to money. Together with the presents, they also spend time with them by visiting amusements parks, zoos, museums and other places which are children-oriented. In some areas, various cultural programs are also held for both the parents’ and children’s enjoyment. Regardless how this day is celebrated, one things is clear – the top priority during this holiday is the happiness of children that is why it is one of their favorite holidays.

Sources:

Info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day#Republic_of_Korea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_South_Korea
http://www.dodoland.com/childrenday3.php
http://koreanfood.about.com/od/holidaysandoccasions/a/Childrens-Day-In-Korea.htm

Pictures:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-06/02/content_885765_4.htm
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/climate-consternation-in-south-korea-39035.html
http://www.worknplay.co.kr/korea-event/travel-festival-fairs/page/3
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/05/115_86440.html
http://mississippitokorea.blogspot.com/2008/05/childrens-day.html

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