Public Holidays in North Korea

North Korea, often shrouded in mystery, is a land of intense patriotism, reverence for its leaders, and pride in its unique identity. Its public holidays are emblematic of its history, cultural ethos, and the regime's narratives. The most paramount of these is the Day of the Sun on April 15, commemorating the birth of the nation's founder, Kim Il-sung. Streets come alive with parades, dance performances, and a palpable sense of national pride. Another key date is the Foundation Day on September 9, celebrating the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948. These festivities are often marked by grand military displays and synchronized mass performances, portraying North Korea's strength and unity.

The nation also honors its leadership lineage with holidays like the Day of the Shining Star on February 16, marking Kim Jong-il's birth. Similarly, the Party Foundation Day on October 10 reveres the Workers' Party of Korea's founding, emphasizing its role in shaping the nation's destiny. Amidst these leader-centric holidays, the Korean New Year or Seollal stands out, rooted in ancient traditions, where families unite, honor ancestors, and hope for a prosperous year. Through these holidays, North Korea projects its indomitable spirit, respect for its lineage, and a sense of collective purpose.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

HolidayDateDayType
Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War July 27 Saturday Public Holiday
Liberation Day August 15 Thursday Public Holiday
Day of Songun August 25 Sunday Public Holiday
Day of the Foundation of the Republic / National Day September 09 Monday Public Holiday
Chuseok Harvest Festival September 17 Tuesday Public Holiday
Party Foundation Day October 10 Thursday Public Holiday
Mother's Day November 16 Saturday Public Holiday

Holidays by Year

Previous Year: 2023
This page was last edited on 05 October 2023 at 09:49 AM (EST).