A national flag, “Taegeukgi” is flying.
/Photography extracted from Ministry of the interior and Safety homepage
We celebrate happy occasions or set anniversaries to honor sad events. It is literally a promise between the nation and the people to say and pledge to celebrate or praise something. As such, there are a total of five Korean national holidays designated by law to commemorate the country’s celebratory day. Among them, there are a total of two national holidays in October. The first is “National Foundation Day” on October 3rd, and the second is “Hangeul Day” on October 9th. As such, many people know that October is the month when many national holidays are located, and they often think it is familiar because both days have familiar names. However, it is not clear how these days really came about and why they were made into national holidays. So, through this opportunity, the Dongguk Post will talk about the National Day in October and explain about the meaning of National Foundation Day and Hangeul Day and the meaning of history.
October 3rd is National Foundation Day. National Foundation Day can be translated into Chinese characters and means “the day when the sky is opened.” It is a national holiday established to commemorate the founding of the nation’s first nation, Gojoseon. Therefore, National Foundation Day can be interpreted as a traditional national holiday that celebrates the foundation of a nation-state, celebrates a new birth as a cultural nation, and appreciates the sky. In addition, it can be seen that there is a reason why National Foundation Day was set as October 3rd. The people of Korea considered October the most precious when they harvested the year’s farming and set up an ancestral rite with reverence. Also there was a part where the number “three” was considered a long number. Therefore, it can be explained that this part helped to determine the date of National Foundation Day.
October 9th is Hangeul Day. Hangeul Day is a national holiday to commemorate the creation and publication of Hangeul and to commemorate the excellence of Hangeul. It was during the Japanese colonial period when the word “Hangeul” was coined, and Korea was spending a difficult time, so it was decided to establish and commemorate Hangeul Day to revive and encourage the national spirit. It is said that the current Hangeul Day was confirmed after liberation in 1945, and the date was confirmed by estimating the date when the book was published in the “Hunminjeongeum Haeryebon.”
In Korea, there is an action that the state and the people do to celebrate these national holidays, hoisting a national flag, “Taegeukgi.” The Taegeukgi is the national flag of the Republic of Korea, which means achieving national harmony and unification and contributing to the happiness and peace of mankind. It is also a tradition in Korea that the nation and the people celebrate by raising the national flag on national holidays.
As such, there are two national holidays to celebrate in Korea in October. For someone, they may be happy that they can rest because of the stronger perception of it as a holiday, but why do you not be happy for another reason after reading this article? The Dongguk Post ends the article hoping that it would be an opportunity to remind us of why we should not forget and remember those days.
Choi Yu-ri email@example.com
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