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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to North Korea public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of November 2017, and covering calendar year 2019 North Korea public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of North Korea public holidays news and updates.

2017 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Nov
  • 28
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  • North Korean 2018 Public Holidays Released

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) - The North Korean government has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in North Korea for the upcoming calendar year 2018.
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2016

  • Nov
  • 7
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  • North Korean 2017 Public Holidays Announced

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) - The North Korean government has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in North Korea for the upcoming calendar year 2017.
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  • Jan
  • 11
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  • North Korean January 8 Public Holiday At Last ?

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) - According to rumours about the agenda for North Korea's upcoming 7th Workers' Party of Korea Congress scheduled for May 2016, the birthday of Kim Jong Un could finally be declared a red day, non-working, public holiday in North Korea, beginning in 2017.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 7
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  • North Korean 2016 Public Holidays Announced

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) - The North Korean government has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in North Korea for the upcoming calendar year 2016.
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  • Jan
  • 16
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  • North Korean 2015 Public Holidays Amended

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) - The North Korean government has announced that it was amending its previously-released annual list of official non-working public holidays in North Korea for the upcoming calendar year 2015.
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  • Jan
  • 6
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  • North Korea Rules-Out Kim Jong-un Public Holiday

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) - North Korean news media have reported that, once again, the upcoming birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, on January 8, would not be one of the annual non-working public holidays in North Korea, and that, instead workers and homemakers would be on manure collection duty on that day.
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2014

  • Nov
  • 29
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  • North Korean 2015 Public Holidays Announced

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) - The North Korean government has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in North Korea for the upcoming calendar year 2015.
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  • Jan
  • 8
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 31
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 6
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  • 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".
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  • Jan
  • 8
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  • 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.
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2012

  • Jan
  • 13
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  • 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.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 19
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  • 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.
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2010

  • Dec
  • 23
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  • 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.
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  • Dec
  • 16
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  • 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).
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 6
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  • 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.
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2007

  • Feb
  • 15
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  • North Korea Extends Lunar New Year Public Holidays For 5 Days

    The Daily NK - North Korean authorities have decided to extend and joint the annual public holidays for the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's birthday (February 16-17) with the upcoming, February 18-20 Lunar New Year public holidays.
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2005

  • Jan
  • 25
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  • North Korea Extends Lunar New Year Public Holiday To 3 Days

    DPRK News Service - This year, the lunar new year public holiday, re-introduced a few years ago, will extend to 3 days, from February 9 to February 11, 2005.
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1997

  • Apr
  • 1
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  • North Korea Renames Public Holiday

    The Chosun Ilbo (Seoul) - North Korean authorities have announced that starting immediately, the April 15 public holiday commemorating the birthday of former leader Kim Il-sung would be renamed Taeyang Day (Day of the Sun).
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See also: North Korea bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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