Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.
Moving Holidays in South Korea
|Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day)||Feb, 12th||Feb, 1st||Jan, 22nd||Feb, 10th||Jan, 29th|
|Seollal (Second day of Lunar New Year)||Feb, 13th||Feb, 2nd||Jan, 23rd||Feb, 11th||Jan, 30th|
|Seollal (Third day of Lunar New Year)||Feb, 14th||Feb, 3rd||Jan, 24th||Feb, 12th||Jan, 31st|
|Buddha's Birthday||May, 19th||May, 8th||May, 26th||May, 15th||May, 5th|
|Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)||Sep, 21st||Sep, 10th||Sep, 29th||Sep, 17th||Oct, 6th|
Seollal - the Chinese New Year
Seollal is the 3-day New Year festival based on the lunar calendar. Nationwide it is much more important than the turn of the year based on the Gregorian calendar. Seollal is a predominantly traditional festival, which is celebrated in the circle of the family. On all 3 days you wear the fine wardrobe, honour your parents and grandparents and spend time with your children. A traditional meal on the first day of New Year is often "Tteokguk", a soup with rice cake.
Chuseok - the harvest festival
Chuseok is also calculated according to the lunar calendar and takes place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Usually in September or October. Since the 15th day of a lunar month is always a full moon day, the day is sometimes also called Hangawi, and thus moon festival. The actual translation of the word Chuseok is "autumn evening", Hangawi means "great middle".
On these 3 days lasting celebrations mainly the older family members and also already deceased ancestors are celebrated and honoured. Usually this is done in the house of the head of the family, usually the grandparents. It is accompanied by traffic jams throughout the country when whole families travel to the provinces.
The traditionally large role of the family is quickly noticed by a European or American. The family has an enormous significance in South Korea. Chuseok and Seollal are much more family oriented than comparable holidays in the western world. In addition, the children's day on 5 May and the parents' day on 8 May are two more family-oriented holidays in the calendar. Parents' Day is not a work-free day. Unlike in many other countries fathers and mothers are celebrated together. There are no individual father or mother days.