January 1: New Year's Day
--The first three days of the New Year are generally celebrated. The majority of the Korean people traditionally observe the holidays by the lunar calendar, as they have done for many centuries.
March 1: Independence Movement Day--Koreans observe the anniversary of the March 1, 1919 Independence Move against Japanese rule.
8th day of the 4th month by the lunar calendar: Budda's Birthday--Solemn rituals are held at Buddhist temples, and the day's festival is climaxed by a lantern parade.
May 5: Children's Day--This day is celebrated with various programs for children throughout the country, who enjoy themselves to the full with their parents.
5th day of the 5th month by the lunar calendar: Dano Festival
--This is one of the great national holidays.
June 6th: Memorial Day--On this day the nation pays tribute
to the war dead, and memorial services are held at the National Cemetery in Seoul. A highlight of the festival are wrestling contests among the young men.
July 17th: Constitution Day--This day commemorates the adoption of the Republic of Korea Constitution in 1948.
August 15th: Liberation Day--On this day in 1945 Korea was liberated from Japan after 36 years of colonial rule.
October 1st: Armed Forces Day--The day is celebrated with colorful programs such as military parades,
honor guard ceremonies, etc.