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North Korea bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name
Thu Labor Day
Fri Children's Day
Sun Victory Day (1953)
Fri Liberation Day (1945)
Mon Day of Songun
Mon Han'gawi Holiday
Tue National Day (1948)
Fri KWP Foundation Day (1945)
Sat Constitution Day
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Recent News and Updates

08 Jan 2014 North Korean Kim Jong-un Public Holiday Update (The Korean Central News Agency-KCNA) North Korean news media have once again reported that, despite many reports to the contrary, today's birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was not a non-working public holiday in North Korea.  31 Dec 2013 North Korean 2014 Public Holidays Announced (The Korean Central News Agency-KCNA) The North Korean government has released the official list of non-working public holidays in North Korea for the upcoming calendar year 2014.  06 Mar 2013 North Korean Public Holiday March 8 (The Korean Central News Agency-KCNA) The North Korean state-run KCNA news agency has announced that Friday, March 8, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday in North Korea to mark International Women's Day and the fact that "North Korean women are the happiest in the world".  08 Jan 2013 North Korea January 8 Not A Public Holiday (The Korean Central News Agency-KCNA) North Korean news media have reported that, despite past reports to the contrary, today's birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was not a non-working public holiday in North Korea.  13 Jan 2012 North Korea Public Holidays Renamed (The Korean Central News Agency-KCNA) In an eerie case of déjà vu, North Korean authorities have announced that beginning in 2012, the annual February 16, 2-day public holidays commemorating the birthday of recently-deceased former leader Kim Jong-il would be renamed as Kwangmyongsong (Shining Star) Day.  19 Dec 2011 North Korean January 8 Public Holiday Update 2 (The Daily NK-North Pyongan Province) Following the death of North Korea's ruler, Kim Jong-il, it appears that the issue of a new annual public holiday on January 8, commemorating the birthday of the new North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, will once again come to the fore.  23 Dec 2010 North Korean January 8 Public Holiday Update (AFP-Seoul) According to reports of a recent series of meetings in the North Korean city of Hoeryong, it would appear that, after all, January 8, might be an official public holiday in North Korea.  16 Dec 2010 North Korea Announces 2011 Public Holidays (The Daily NK-North Pyongan Province) The North Korean government has released a list of the official 2011 public holidays (aka. red days) in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).  07 Jan 2010 North Korea Rules Out January 8 Public Holiday In 2010 (The Daily NK-North Pyongan Province) North Korea's Central Committee of the Party has confirmed that North Korea would observe Kim Jong Eun’s birthday on Friday, January 8th, 2010, but only in the form of events restricted to officials, not as an official public holiday.  06 Jan 2010 North Korea To Add January 8 Public Holiday (The Chosun Ilbo-Seoul) The North Korean government is apparently getting ready to declare January 8 as a new annual national (public) holiday to commemorate the birthday of leader Kim Jong-il's third son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-un.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the North Korea public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Lunar New Year: The Lunar New Year (Seollal) traditional Korean holiday was removed from the list of official North Korean public holidays in 1967 (along with Chusok). It was restored in 1989 as a one-day public holiday, and was extended to a 3-day public holiday in 2003.  In addition, because the date of Lunar New Year often falls near Kim Jong Il's birthday, a 2-day public holiday on February 16-17, the 2 public holidays are often linked by bridge holidays. For example, in 2007, the Lunar New Year was celebrated as part of a 5-day public holiday that went from February 16th to the 20th.  North Korea International Codes KP and PRK (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .kp (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of North Korea information and news: ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (North Korea maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in North Korea), and Wikipedia (includes North Korea commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in North Korea, may belong to a religious group that is not common in North Korea, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to North Korea.


Religious Holidays : Public holidays in North Korea that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.


Korean Calendar Public Holidays : Both traditional Korean calendars used in North Korea (solar and lunar) possess a structure very similar to their Chinese counterparts. However, the Korean calendars use Korea's time zone as a reference point, rather than Beijing's, to determine the date when a Korean lunar calendar or Korean Solar Calendar event occurs. This sometimes causes some holidays based on either of the Korean calendars to occur one day earlier than the corresponding Chinese date (this occurs, on average, in about 4% of the cases).

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for North Korea, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of North Korea, before planning any trip to North Korea. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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