This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in South Korea. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 4 Monday Korean New Year Public holiday

The celebration of the Korean New Year (Seollal) usually lasts three days: the day before the Korean New Year, Korean New Year itself, and the day after Korean New Year.

February 5 Tuesday Korean New Year Public holiday

Korean New Year is the first day of the Korean lunar calendar and one of the most important traditional Korean holidays.

February 6 Wednesday Korean New Year Public holiday

The 3rd day of celebration - the day after Korean New Year.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 1 Friday Independence Movement Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the March 1st Movement in 1919, one of the earliest public displays of Korean resistance during the rule of Korea by Japan from 1910 into 1945.

April 5 Friday Arbor Day Observance

A holiday celebrating trees. April 5th in South Korea

May 1 Wednesday Labor Day Observance

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 5 Sunday Children's Day Public holiday

A day recognised to celebrate children. May 5th in South Korea and Japan

May 8 Wednesday Parents' Day Observance

That day marks the appreciation for the commitment of parents towards their children.

May 12 Sunday Buddha's Birthday Public holiday

This holiday traditionally celebrated in most of East Asia to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Korean lunar calendar

May 15 Wednesday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers.

June 6 Thursday Memorial Day Public holiday

The day to commemorate the men and women who died while in military service during the Korean War and other significant wars or battles.

July 17 Wednesday Constitution Day Observance

Anniversary of the proclamation of the South Korean constitution in 1948.

August 15 Thursday Liberation Day Public holiday

The National Liberation Day of Korea commemorates Victory over Japan Day, in which the United States and the Soviet Union liberated Korea from Imperial Japanese colonial rule which lasted from 1910 to 1945.

September 12 Thursday Chuseok Holiday Public holiday

Literally "Autumn eve", is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in North Korea and South Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on the full moon

September 13 Friday Chuseok Holiday Public holiday

2nd day of Chuseok - when Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food.

September 14 Saturday Chuseok Holiday Public holiday

3rd day of Chuseok - a harvest festivals held around the autumn equinox.

October 1 Tuesday Armed Forces Day Observance

Celebrated to commemorate the service of men and women in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.

October 3 Thursday National Foundation Day Public holiday

Celebrates the myth of the legendary founding of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 BC

October 9 Wednesday Hangeul Proclamation Day Public holiday

Commemorates the invention of Hangeul, the alphabet of the Korean language

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in South Korea in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in South Korea. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 4 Monday Korean New Year Public holiday

The celebration of the Korean New Year (Seollal) usually lasts three days: the day before the Korean New Year, Korean New Year itself, and the day after Korean New Year.

February 5 Tuesday Korean New Year Public holiday

Korean New Year is the first day of the Korean lunar calendar and one of the most important traditional Korean holidays.

February 6 Wednesday Korean New Year Public holiday

The 3rd day of celebration - the day after Korean New Year.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 1 Friday Independence Movement Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the March 1st Movement in 1919, one of the earliest public displays of Korean resistance during the rule of Korea by Japan from 1910 into 1945.

April 5 Friday Arbor Day Observance

A holiday celebrating trees. April 5th in South Korea

May 1 Wednesday Labor Day Observance

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 5 Sunday Children's Day Public holiday

A day recognised to celebrate children. May 5th in South Korea and Japan

May 8 Wednesday Parents' Day Observance

That day marks the appreciation for the commitment of parents towards their children.

May 12 Sunday Buddha's Birthday Public holiday

This holiday traditionally celebrated in most of East Asia to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Korean lunar calendar

May 15 Wednesday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers.

June 6 Thursday Memorial Day Public holiday

The day to commemorate the men and women who died while in military service during the Korean War and other significant wars or battles.

July 17 Wednesday Constitution Day Observance

Anniversary of the proclamation of the South Korean constitution in 1948.

August 15 Thursday Liberation Day Public holiday

The National Liberation Day of Korea commemorates Victory over Japan Day, in which the United States and the Soviet Union liberated Korea from Imperial Japanese colonial rule which lasted from 1910 to 1945.

September 12 Thursday Chuseok Holiday Public holiday

Literally "Autumn eve", is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in North Korea and South Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on the full moon

September 13 Friday Chuseok Holiday Public holiday

2nd day of Chuseok - when Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food.

September 14 Saturday Chuseok Holiday Public holiday

3rd day of Chuseok - a harvest festivals held around the autumn equinox.

October 1 Tuesday Armed Forces Day Observance

Celebrated to commemorate the service of men and women in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.

October 3 Thursday National Foundation Day Public holiday

Celebrates the myth of the legendary founding of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 BC

October 9 Wednesday Hangeul Proclamation Day Public holiday

Commemorates the invention of Hangeul, the alphabet of the Korean language

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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