K-LEARNING | June.07.2024

Early Look at Korea's Key Dates Calendar: July to September!

Introducing the 2024 Key Dates Calendar for July to September, available four weeks early! 📅✨ 

 

 Discover cool Korean holidays, try fun activities, and learn useful words each month. This calendar is your ticket to a year of Korean adventures! Ready to dive in? Let's go! 🚀💖

 

 

🖐 The letters within [ ] are the official romanization of Korean sounds, which may differ from the actual pronunciation. The content is written in the official romanization for information purposes.

 

 

July 15th & 25th 

 

초복 [cho-bok]

중복 [jung-bok]

Detailed explanation below!

 

Korea has a culture of observing 삼복[sam-bok]: This includes 초복, 중복, and 말복[mal-bok].  

 

In reality, very few Koreans remember each of these specific dates, and they usually rely on the markings on the calendar to observe these days. So when you see 초복, 중복, 말복 marked on a Korean calendar, remember this content! 

 

🔥 Boosting Korean Knowledge 

 

July is the representative summer season in Korea. 

This expression divides the intensity of the heat into three: 

 

초복: The first hot days, when it starts to get really hot 

중복: The middle hot days between 초복 and 말복 

말복: The late hot days, the hottest day of the year 

 

Let's learn more about 말복 next month!

 

 

When the heat comes, Koreans eat food that boosts their energy and appetite. One of the most well-known dishes for this purpose is 삼계탕[sam-gye-tang]: ginseng chicken soup. We call such foods 'tonic food'. Nowadays, there are many different foods considered body-strengthening, but 삼계탕 has always been the classic choice.

 

 

July 17th 

 

🎉 제헌절[je-heon-jeol] 

Constitution Day 

 

Every country has laws that establish its foundation, and in Korea these laws are called 헌법[heon-beob]: Constitution.  

 

Today (Constitution Day) marks the day when the Korean Constitution was enacted and proclaimed. Korea has a rich history of overcoming hardships and difficulties, and the enactment and proclamation of this law, which laid the foundation for the nation, makes Constitution Day a significant and meaningful day for Koreans.

 

 

August 7th

 

🌈 입추[ip-chu]

Beginning of Autumn​

 

입추 is one of the 24 solar terms observed by Koreans, signaling the transition from summer to autumn.  

 

Korea experiences all four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. While there are no specific foods or customs associated with this day, it's a time to welcome the end of the hot summer and the arrival of cool autumn. 

 

 

August 14th

 

말복[mal-bok]

Do you remember what Malbok is?

 

In the above content, 말복 was described as the 'hottest day of the year,' which marks the end of the hot summer, right?

 

 

August 15th

 

😁 광복절 [gwang-bok-jeol]

Liberation Day

 

광복절 has a deep and passionate meaning for Koreans. It commemorates the day when Korea gained independence from Japan and the government of the Republic of Korea was established. It is the day when Korea truly became a nation. 

 

While history is history, it is said that a nation and its people have no future if they forget their history. Responsibility is crucial, but more importantly, it is hoped that based on such historical facts, the entire world can become a peaceful place where all nations can coexist harmoniously. 😭 

 

 

September 16~18th

 

😍 한가위(han-ga-wi)

Korean Thanksgiving Day

 

한가위 is also known as 추석[chu-seok]. 

When Korea's major holiday 설날 falls at the beginning of the year, there's 한가위 in the middle of the year. 한가위, which is the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, falls on September 17 in the Gregorian calendar. It's one of the most important holidays in Korea and a cornerstone of Korean tradition. 

 

You can fully enjoy Korea just by remembering the important dates we've mentioned so far, so be sure to jot them down!

 

 

📍 Source of this content: KONOGRAM.com

 

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