Teachers' Day in South Korea Date in the current year: May 15, 2016

Teachers' Day in South Korea The teachers of South Korea annually observe Teachers' Day, their professional holiday, on May 15. This holiday has a long history, that saw date changes and even cancellation.

Teachers' Day in South Korea was started by a group of Red Cross youth team. Its members visited their sick ex-teachers in hospitals to help them and cheer up. This tradition gradually evolved into an annual observance, that was held on May 26.

The date of the observance was changed to May 15 in 1965. The date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Sejong the Great, the fourth king of Joseon-dynasty in Korea. Sejong supported literature and encouraged officials and scholars to study at the court. King Sejong is also credited with creation of the written language of hangul.

Between 1973 and 1982 the national ceremonies of Teachers' Day were stopped, but later they were resumed again.

Teachers' Day is usually a day off for teachers, since the holiday became a great excuse to give teachers expensive gifts considered to be bribes. The students and ex-students visit their teachers to pay respect and present carnations.

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