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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for North Korea. Please scroll down to view.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, is a country located in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Currently, North Korea celebrates 17 national holidays. National holidays are published each year by the Korean Central News Agency as stated by their leader.

It should be noted that North Korea is a dictatorship that has a very strict closed door policy when it comes to their laws and the way their government is run. News about holidays celebrated in North Korea are all obtained from the news releases by the state-run news agency. Access to North Korean legal documents, constitution or labour laws is strictly forbidden by anyone outside of the country. North Korea runs on a restricted form of the Internet.

Holidays in North Korea are based on Korean traditional holidays or are in reference to the government and/or leader. Religious holidays are not celebrated in this country. It is unknown what labour laws pertain to North Korean holidays. However, it is assumed that everyone receives a day off from work during a national celebration. If employees are paid is unknown.

A review of North Korean press releases from their news agency shows that the current leader of North Korea is prone to declaring one-time national holidays, especially if there has been a nationally recognised achievement by the government. These holidays are usually declared with little notice and are one-time events. The government of North Korea is very strict about what celebrations take place within the country. Non-governmental holidays are strictly forbidden and participation in these events could lead to penalties.

There are several Korean based cultural events that take place within the country, but only at the approval of the government and they are not considered national holidays. These events are to promote the culture of the Korean people only.

There are many speculations regarding religious holidays in North Korea. It is believed that the government has forbidden the practice of any religion in the country, but when confronted on this subject matter in an international setting, the government denies this fact.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
28 JanSatSeollal Holiday
11 FebSatThe 15th of the first month by the lunar calendar /
Cheongwoldaeboreum
16 FebThuBirth date of Kim Jong-Il / Day of the Shining Star
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
4 AprTueChungmyung Day
15 AprSatBirth date of Kim Il-Sung / Day of the Sun
25 AprTueChosun People's Army Foundation Day
1 MayMonLabor Day
6 JunTueChosun Children's Union Foundation Day
19 JunMonThe great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il started work
at the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea
27 JulThuDay of Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War
15 AugTueLiberation Day
25 AugFriDay of Songun
9 SepSatNational Day
4 OctWedHan'gawi Holiday
10 OctTueParty Foundation Day
16 NovThuMother's Day
27 DecWedConstitution Day