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January 1st

Happy New Year’s Day of DPRK.

Febraury 16th

This day is the birthday of great General Kim Jong Il.

April 15th

This day is the birthday of great General Kim Il Sung (1912). People call it the “Day of the Sun”.


April 25th

Foundation day of the Korean People’s Army.

May 1st

May Day (1889)

July 27th

Victorious day in the Fatherland Liberarion War (1953)

September 9th

Foundation of the DPRK (1948)

October 10th

Foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea (1945)

December 27th

Day of the DPRK Socialist Constitution (1972)

Lunar New Year

As a traditional custom, North Korean people greet their elders in the morning and play several folk games.  They then have several dishes made of meat, vegetables and herbs are taken . Besides, the traditional New Year dishes such as rice cake soup, dumpling soup, pop-rice cake, glutinous rice crackers, fruit punch and sweet juice made from fermented rice are popular.

Tano (May 05, Lunar calendar)

This is a spring holiday after sowing and transplanting. The weather this period is generally good for outdoor activities. Therefore, people go out to play colorful folk games. People gather at the popular spots to celebrate the holiday and Moran Hill situated on the bank of the River Taedong in Pyongyang is one of the spots. The fragrant rice cake mixed with wormwood pasted and lettuce wrapped rice and special dishes prepared for this day.

Chusok (August 15, Lunar calendar)

This event/holiday takes place in the autumn time, after harvesting. North Korean people visit their forefathers’ graves, keep the graves tidy and hold memorial services. They play tug-of -war. Varieties of rice food made of crops are popular.