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)
|Constitution Day||December 27||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Seollal||February 10||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Birth date of Kim Jong Il||February 16||Friday||Public Holiday|
|International Women's Day||March 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Birth Date of Kim Il Sung||April 15||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Military Foundation Day||April 25||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|International Workers' Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|