No day-off on Constitution Day

July 17 is commemorated as Constitution Day in Korea but it is no longer a non-working holiday. If I remember it correctly, it was three years ago when the government decided on reducing the number of non-working holidays in Korea. It used to be that employees, both public and private, work even on Saturdays. Then the five-working day week was introduced and the number of public holidays reduced.

There are still some companies that require their employees to work every other Saturday, specially those with less than 100 workers. My husband is a little lucky that although he works for a small company, he doesn’t have to work on the weekends. Still, he woke up today complaining about how Constitution Day is an important holiday and that only Korea doesn’t celebrate it. Then I thought about our own Constitution Day in the Philippines, and I don’t even know when it is. 😀

Here are the public non-working holidays in Korea:
January 1 – New Year’s Day
Seolnal – Lunar New Year – 1st day of the 1st lunar month (3 days)
March 1 – Declaration of Independence Day
May 5 – Children’s Day
Buddha’s Birthday – 8th day of the 4th lunar month
June 6 – Memorial Day
August 15 – Liberation Day
Chuseok – 15th day of the 8th lunar month (3 days)
October 3 – Foundation Day
December 25 – Christmas Day

4 thoughts on “No day-off on Constitution Day

  • July 17, 2008 at 10:12 am
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    I don’t even know if we have a constitution day in the US, lol. But the non-working days seem reasonable, I mean those seem like the most important days.

    It is funny to hear how few days off Koreans get. Here it is the exact opposite! Everyone takes off more days off than they work, haha. That is an exaggeration, but it is sadly almost true.

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  • July 17, 2008 at 10:27 am
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    ^^ My husband was complaining because he only slept for 5 hours. It was his boss’ birthday yesterday and they went out drinking.

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  • July 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm
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    uy nice! e di 3-day weekend kayo nyan? 3-day weekend din kami sa tokyo. i just have no idea for what reason 😉 but i’m not complaining

    caryns last blog post..

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