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Easter in South Korea: A Western Holiday in the Eastern World?

As Easter approaches, many things come to mind.

Spring time, chocolate eggs and bunnies! This of course is the commercialised and social-norms of the Western society that we live in.

Easter is not hugely celebrated in South Korea, as it is in the Western world- due to the Catholic population consisting of 8%. Nevertheless, the next best thing to do during this season is to take part in an array of events, celebrating it.

As Spring makes an appearance in early March, a number of festivals take place, displaying blossoming flowers, live music, arts and crafts workshops and firework displays. These springtime festivals are held throughout the country between the months of March and May.

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Samjinnal (샘진날) is the festive day that announces the arrival of Spring, on the third day, of the third month in the Korean lunar calendar.

It is apparent that Easter is not recognised as a National Holiday in South Korea, whereas the change of season is predominant and more significant.

Spring festivals offer a great way to enjoy the return of warm weather, and to appreciate beauty through the picturesque sceneries of flowers. It is a time of togetherness, which is experienced through food and culture. Overall, this is what Easter is about; new life, and new beginnings.

Shari Coakley

Longing to travel, and document my experiences. A vast taste in music; always enthused by culture and people. Favourite city so far? Seoul...<3

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