Sikmogil (Arbor Day) in South Korea Date in the current year: April 5, 2016

Sikmogil (Arbor Day) in South Korea South Korean Arbor Day is called Sikmogil (literally “tree planting day”). It is celebrated on April 5. The holiday was established in 1949 and has been celebrated annually ever since, despite losing its official status as a holiday in 2006.

Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to tree planting. It is celebrated in many countries across the world, and each country observes the holiday on its own date. For example, South Korea celebrates Arbor Day on April 5.

Sikmogil was established by the first President of South Korea Rhee Syng-man in 1949. It was celebrated as a public holiday. Arbor Day was created in order to fight deforestation caused by the devastating Korean War.

The holiday was abolished in 1960 and restored a year later. In 2006, the status of Sikmogil as an official holiday was abolished again. Nevertheless, it is still celebrated by many South Koreans. Arbor Day in the Republic of Korea focuses on celebrating the country's forestry. On this day, citizens are encouraged to plant trees which are appropriate to the climate of the region.

On non-leap years, Arbor Day coincides with Hanshik (Cold Food Festival). On this day, Koreans worship the ancestors and visit cemeteries. Many people combine two celebrations and plant trees around their ancestors' tombs.

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