Festivals and holidays in South Korea

Korea lives in the Gregorian calendar, but traditional holidays are celebrated according to lunar.

In mid-January – the feast of the snow on mount Halla (Jeju-do). The end of January – beginning of February – the feast of Sol (non-working day) is a celebration of the New year according to the lunar calendar. It is one of two major holidays in Korea, celebrated on the first day of the first lunar month. Koreans visit your Kohan. all gather with their families, young people ceremoniously congratulates senior receiving in return small gifts, often money. Early in the morning held a ceremony devoted to the ancestors, consisting of a series of greetings in front of the altar with food, then lunch and visit relatives. The holiday is accompanied by dancing and folk games, visiting the graves of their ancestors and other ceremonies. At this time, the Koreans take a vacation for a few days, and many commercial enterprises will be closed. At the end of January in Hwachon (Gangwon province) is a Festival of the mountain trout Hwachon. Another fish festival – a feast of fish-boats the Inja. It runs from 2 to 15 February on lake Sancho area Namen.

Festival liquors and traditional rice cakes held in Gyeongju in late March. In early April, Koreans have traditionally visited temples, famous for its blossoming cherry trees. In late April, held a culture festival Anjana in honor of General Lee sun sin, the festival of Endange, or the miracle of Moses on Jindo island. Buddha’s birthday (the eighth day of the fourth lunar month, April – may) is accompanied by great celebrations in all the churches of the country, with numerous ceremonies and decoration of churches with thousands of paper lanterns. A huge parade is held these days in Seoul. On the first Sunday of may is the Confucian ceremony in the Royal tomb of conme (Seoul). 14 may is celebrated as teachers Day. Also in may, at the water’s Edge held a festival dedicated to king Sejong, Seoul Sungkyunkwan Academy – Confucian ceremony of Acconci (this ceremony is held in October in the major Confucian shrines, the hyangga and Korea seowon), the feast of Chunhyang (Korean Romeo and Juliet) takes place in Cangallo and ancient Namwon (the eighth day of the fourth lunar month). Festival of wild green tea is held in the vicinity of the temple of Sanguesa (Hudon) from 8 to 11 may. At the end of may in Cochonne festival my – clothes made from ramie (China grass).

Shamanic holiday tan-About takes place in may-June in Gangneung. Festival Punnam is held in Jeonju and Tano. In late may – early June is a Festival of traditional martial arts and Chungju.

In mid-September, the festival of ginseng in Kasane and celadon festival in Engine. At the end of the month – pottery festival in Incheon, the international film festival in Busan, the international festival of costumed dancing in the Andon and the festival of traditional Korean music in Nangi. At the end of September – beginning of October, a Festival of the arts Cachon in chinju On the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month (September – October) is the most important traditional Korean holiday – it’s thanksgiving (harvest festival). Koreans flock to his native land to visit his family and the graves of their ancestors, in the time of the meeting still take a vacation for a few days.

October is the month when taken to admire the red leaves of the maples in Seoraksan and in most national parks. In Korean it’s called Typhon and is a really amazing sight. In mid-October there is a festival market Jagalchi in Busan and the kimchi festival in Gwangju. In addition, throughout the month passes Festival of kalbi in Savona, festival of traditional cuisine namdo (folk village Revolver), the festival of Baekje, Buyeo and Gyeongju. festival of culture of Silla in Gyeongju, the international pantomime festival in Chuncheon festival of folk singing, look no further than the festival of culture of Uruk in Chungju, the Festival of the maples in Nagasena, shaman Kut festival in Songnisan, ceremony Algardia in Gangneung in honor Confucian scholar of Yulgok, etc. International biennial of contemporary art held every two years in Gwangju (October — November).

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