Public holidays in North Korea

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This is a list of Public holidays in North Korea. See also the Korean calendar for a list of traditional holidays.

Date English name Notes Remarks Local name
1 January New Year's Day Celebrates the opening of the Gregorian New Year.
14 February Generalissimo Day Honors the day when Kim Jong Il received the title "Generalissimo of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea" posthumously in 2012.[1]
16 February Kim Jong-il's Birthday Also known as the Day of the Shining Star. 2 days
2 March Tree Planting Day People across the country plant trees.[2][3][4]
8 March International Women’s Day[1]
last day of 12th lunar month Seotdal Geumeum Based on the Korean calendar.
1st day of 1st lunar month Seollal Based on the Korean calendar. 3 days
15 April Kim Il-sung's Birthday Also known as the Day of the Sun. 2 days
21 April Kang Pan-sok’s Birthday Kim Il-sung's mother
25 April Military Foundation Day Kim Il-Sung moved date from 8 February to the date of establishment of his guerilla army in 1932. 인민군 창건일
15th day of 1st lunar month Daeboreum Based on the Korean calendar.
1st day of 1st lunar month Meoseumnal Based on the Korean calendar.
3rd day of 3rd lunar month Samjinnal Based on the Korean calendar.
105th day of after Winter Solstice Hansik Based on the Korean calendar.
8th day of 4th lunar month Chopail Based on the Korean calendar.
1 May Labour Day Celebrates the economic and social achievements of workers.
5th day of 5th lunar month Surinal Based on the Korean calendar.
27 July Victory Day End of the Korean War in 1953. Known as the Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War 조국해방전쟁 승리 기념일
15 August Liberation Day Established after the liberation of Korea in 1945. 조국해방기념일
25 August Day of Shotgun A new holiday established in 2013 commemorating Kim Jong-il's inspection visit to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Armored Division of the Korean People's Army on August 25, 1960, which is always regarded as the "start of the Songun revolutionary leadership" by the North Korean government.
9 September National Independence Day Founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948. 인민정권 창건일
15th day of 6th lunar month Yudu Based on the Korean calendar.
7th day of 7th lunar month Chilseok Based on the Korean calendar.
15th day of 7th lunar month Baekjung Based on the Korean calendar.
15th day of 8th lunar month Hangawi Based on the Korean calendar.
10 October Party Foundation Day Founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in 1945. 노동당 창건일
9th day of 9th lunar month Jungyangjeol Based on the Korean calendar.
2nd Saturday in November Mother's Day A new holiday from 2012 onward honoring all mothers.
20 December Dongji Based on the Korean calendar.
24 December Kim Jong-suk's Birthday Commemorates the birth of Kim Jong-il's mother.
27 December Constitution Day Enactment of the Constitution of North Korea in 1998.
31 December New Year's Eve Celebrates the closing of the Gregorian New Year.

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