January 1, (non-working day) – 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.
October 3 (day-off) – Foundation Day States, 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 Continue reading
If my beer in the Czech Republic, if the cheese is in Italy, if sushi in Japan. Each country values its gastronomic brand. But if cheese and beer can still be imported, sushi certainly does. Therefore to try real Oriental food is possible only in the land of the rising sun. Do not rush with objections, saying that in Russia there are lots of restaurants with virtuoso sushi chef will prepare the finest nigiri and Sakaki.
Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish, but the fashion of this Oriental food came to Russia not from Japan but from Europe and the USA. Fashion is fashion, and the Japanese dishes served in restaurants and cafes, are not always such, that is Japanese. Almost always seafood for sushi are raw, that is why real sushi, according to the Japanese, can be prepared only a short distance from the sea. Japanese never eat sushi in other countries, and even in its mountain part. The sea’s far away, so sushi will be a priori stale.
Sushi for the first time (that sounds so right the name of the dish) appeared in Japan in the heyday of Edo. The samurai thus snacking on the go. Prepared in a few minutes and ate. Continue reading
Tea is drunk in many countries around the world. In each country, the tea party has its own characteristics. But China is the birthplace of this drink.
Already in the Han dynasty used tea as medicine. In the years of the Tang began to use tea as a drink. While tea is usually prepared in the form of bricks, before pouring it milled in a mortar. During the song dynasty in the use of the included leaf tea and tea powder (fluffed with whisk a small amount of water), and the tea party turned into a delicious pastime, the top of which was a Song dynasty tea ceremony. This variant maker borrowed the Japanese, later including it in his tea ceremony.
Tea culture in China began to fade in the XIII century, this is due to the Mongol invasion, which were forgotten by many cultural achievements. Only in the era of the Ming dynasty tea culture was revived, but on a different basis: the Chinese have moved to a fully leaf tea, which insisted in hot water. It is with this tea and its preparation method met the Europeans.
A serious blow to the Chinese culture in General and tea in particular have become political upheavals of the XVIII—XIX centuries, the opium war, then the war and revolution of the first half of the twentieth century. All these events led to the fact that China, until the first half of the nineteenth century produced almost all the tea coming into the world market, completely Continue reading