Korea National Foundation Day (Gaecheonjeol)

Today is public holiday here in Korea to commemorates  Gaecheonjeol  or National Foundation Day in English . This holiday celebrates the creation of the state of Gojoseon (ancient Korea) founded by Dangun Wanggeom in the year 2333 BC.

I don’t know that is holiday today when I wake up I am startled why my husband is still sleeping when he has a work in few minutes, so I asked if he has no class. He chuckled while saying I’ve been here for a long time and I don’t know the public holidays are.,

Anyway tonight when I went to throw the garbage bag I’ve seen this big stuff toy, it is still okay just kind of dirty. I think a little kid owns this as there’s a lot of brown spots which I believe from chocolates.  Just washed this and it will looks brand new, dunno who’s going to be the lucky owner, I can’t pick it up because it is too big for a box to Philippines.


Anyway the origin of the holiday, Gaecheon refers to 3 October B.C. 2457, the date when Hwanung  descended from heaven to live with mankind. The harvest ceremony was celebrated in each Korean kingdoms; Yeonggo of Buyeo, Mucheon  of Yemaek, Gyeeum  of Mahan and Byeonhan, Dongmaeng  of Goguryeo, Palgwanheoi  of Silla.

In 1909, Gaecheonjeol was enacted as a national holiday.The festival is held annually. At first, Gaecheonjeol had been celebrated on 3 october on lunar calendar but it has been celebrated on 3 october on solar calendar since 1949.

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