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North Korea

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for North Korea. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

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

Currently, North Korea celebrates 17 national holidays. National holidays are published each year by the Korean Central News Agency as stated by their leader.

Holidays in North Korea are based on Korean traditional holidays or are in reference to the government and/or leader.

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.