Yesterday was Children’s Day here in Korea. This holiday, Eorininal in Korean, is a devoted to the children of Korea.
So what might one do on this day?
Many kids dress up in their traditional clothing, the hanbok. They get special treats from their parents like favorite meals, parties, or presents. Some families choose to visit the city parks where they can play and enjoy the grassy slopes and wide spaces. Or they might watch a parade, visit the zoo or see a Taekwondo demonstration on Children’s Day.
The idea of this holiday was conceived by a man named Bhang Jung Hwan in 1923. Later it was proclaimed as a national holiday in 1975. With a minor change in the date from May 1st to May 5th , this holiday is now a central part of the Korean culture.
Of course, Koreans have used May 5th as a special day for hundreds of years. In olden times, Koreans celebrated Suri-day on May 5th. Suri-day was one of the four ancient Korean celebrations.
My family has taken up this holiday too. Over the years my boys have worn their hanboks and we usually visit World Cup Park.
This year we celebrated with friends. We had a campfire and a yummy cookout. I made hummus with pita bread and tuxedo cheesecake, my boys’ favorite treat. We had a blast!
Caleb and Luke love Children’s Day.
After all, who can resist celebrating a day made just for them?