Did you know that:
Children’s Day is a South Korean national holiday celebrated on May 5. The Korean children’s writer, Pang Chong-hwan, founded the holiday in 1923. Children’s Day celebrates the dignity of children and their need for love, care and respect. It also honors the adults who help improve the lives of Korean children.
Many cities have parades and public activities and museums, zoos, amusement parks, and movie theaters offer free admission to children. Traditional games, such as yut are played. Gifts are given to children from their parents and from stores that the children visit during Children’s Day.
Although Children’s Day is not a national holiday in the U.S., it is celebrated within Korean Families on May 5. Korean American communities celebrate with performances, special foods, and activities, and Korean cultural schools hold day-long programs to celebrate children.
Would you like to learn more about Korea? Click on the links below. Watch for Passport Korea, a new section under construction that will have lots of activities and special projects for kids.
- Enjoy the fun slideshow on Korea from National Geographic Kids
- Learn to introduce yourself and count in Korean!
- Hear from Korean kids.