Public Holidays

Note that North Korea does not celebrate Christmas or the Lunar New Year, nor many of South Korea’s major traditional holidays. National holidays are a good time to visit North Korea – try to be in Pyongyang during May Day or Liberation Day as both are celebrated with huge extravaganzas featuring military parades that rank among North Korea’s most memorable sights.

New Year’s Day 1 January

Kim Jong-il’s birthday 16 February

Kim Il-sung’s birthday 15 April

Armed Forces Day 25 April

May Day 1 May

The Death of Kim Il-sung 8 July

Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War 27 July

National Liberation (from Japan) Day 15 August

National Foundation Day 9 September

Korean Workers’ Party Foundation Day 10 October

Constitution Day 27 December