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Holidays and traditions of South Korea

January 1 (day off) – New year.

March 1 (day-off) – Samil day, Day of the independence movement.

5 April (day off) – Day of the tree dedicated to the restoration of forests in the country.

1 may – labour day.

May 8 – parents Day.

May 5 (day-off) – children’s Day.

June 6 (day off) – Day of memory of victims for the native land.

17 July (day-off) – Constitution Day in honour of the proclamation of the first Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948

August 15 (day off) – the Day of liberation, celebrated in honor of the completion of the Japanese occupation in 1945.

3 October (closing day) – national Foundation Day, celebrated on mount Manisan in Gangwon-do.

October 9 – Hangeul Day (Korean alphabet).

December 25 (day off) – Christmas.

Korea lives by the Gregorian calendar, but the traditional festivals 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 – feast of Salt (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 their “Cohen”, all gather with their families, young people ceremoniously congratulates Continue reading

Useful information about South Korea for travelers

Territory: the Republic of Kazakhstan is located in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, extending in length from North to South about 1000 km, the Republic of Korea in the North it borders with the DPRK and from three sides washed by the sea. The area of the Republic of Kazakhstan — 99.6 thousand square kilometers or 45% of the whole territory of Korea.

The population is about 48 million people. The population density is among the highest in the world (about 470 people per 1 square km). RK is a mono-ethnic country.

Religion: Believers about 50% of them are Buddhists 46%, Protestant and 39% Catholic — 13%. The number of followers of other faiths is not great. A distinctive feature of South Korean society is toleration.

Climate: monsoon. The summers are hot and humid, the air temperature reaches +30° C. Winter is dry and cold, the temperature falls to -15° C. In April–may and September the weather is most comfortable from the point of view of traveling in Korea is warm and dry.

Time: ahead of Moscow in the summer for 5 hours in winter — 6.

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Introduction

The feast is an integral part of human life. He has long been inherent in the desire to celebrate an event in your personal, family or social life to certain rituals or ceremonies. Holiday-?it is a multifaceted social phenomenon. Reflecting the life of the individual and of society as a whole, it contributes to the formation of mentality of the person and becomes the socio-cultural value of society. In other words, the festival is a fusion of many aspects of the spiritual life of the people.

In the history of the holidays are reflected to some extent political and socio-economic features of the development of society and the interests and aspirations of the individual, strata and classes of society in this particular era. The study of ancient history the holidays shows that, carrying out social functions, they largely were of class character. Simultaneously, the festival has always United people, helped them to overcome feelings of loneliness, isolation, alienation, in the sense that it unites different strata of people. This side of the holiday for his skillful use of the ruling classes.

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