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South Korean October 2 Public Holiday Confirmed

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Updated: Saturday, April 13, 2019


The Government of South Korea, at today's cabinet meeting, has officialized the declaration of Monday, October 2, 2017, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Chuseok South Korean public holiday with the preceding weekend.

Earlier this summer (2017-07-07), the Government of South Korea had announced that it would declare Monday, October 2, 2017, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Chuseok South Korean public holiday with the preceding weekend and thus create a 9-day period of South Korean non-working public holidays and boost the economy.

But, a month later (2017-08-27), in an apparent about-face, Cheong Wa Dae officials stated that "nothing has been officially decided as of yet".

The declaration of Monday, October 2, 2017, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, thus amends the list of the official dates of 2017 South Korean annual non-working public holidays, including those based on the Korean lunar calendar, and those 2017 South Korean public holidays which fall on a Sunday, as announced by the Government of South Korea, over a year ago (2015-12-08).

Last year (2016-04-28), the Government of South Korea similarly declared Friday, May 6, 2016, as a one-off (temporary) non-working public holiday in South Korea, to link the annual Orimal (Children's Day) South Korean public holiday with the subsequent weekend, and the summer before that (2015-08-04), the South Korean government approved a previous proposal (2015-08-02) to declare 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.



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