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South Korean August 14-15 Public Holidays Approved

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015


The South Korean government, at its cabinet meeting of earlier today, approved the previously-discussed declaration of Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the annual Liberation Day non-working public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation.

Over this past weekend (2015-02-01), an official for the South Korean government cabinet had announced that the South Korean government was considering declaring Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the annual Liberation Day non-working public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation.

Originally, the final decision whether to declare, or not, Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off non-working public holiday, was to be taken at the Cabinet meeting of Tuesday, August 11, 2015, but apparently, once the story was in the news, it became impossible to wait that long.

As per the official list of 2015 and 2016 South Korean annual non-working public holidays (2014-12-12), which now follow the "Substitute Holiday Bill", passed 2 years ago (2013-05-03), one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday are automatically declared on the Mondays which follow an annual non-working public holiday falling on a Sunday. However, the provisions of this bill do not provide for a day in lieu for public holidays that fall on a Saturday, even though Saturdays are officially non-working days since July 2005 (2005-06-21).



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