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North Korea bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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North Korea Bank Holidays in 2017
Jan.    Sun Solar New Year's Day
        Sat Seollal Holiday
Feb.    Sat Cheongwoldaeboreum (Korean Folk Festival)
        Thu Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong Il's Birthday)
Mar.    Wed International Women's Day
Apr.    Tue Chungmyung Day
        Sat Kim Il Sung's Birthday Holiday
        Tue Korean People's Army Foundation Day
May     Mon Labor Day
June    Tue Korean Children's Union Foundation Day
        Mon Kim Jong Il's Entry to the KWP
July 27 Thu Victory Day (1953)
Aug. 15 Tue Liberation Day (1945)
     25 Fri Day of Songun
Sep.  9 Sat National Day (1948)
Oct.  4 Wed Han'gawi Holiday
     10 Tue KWP Foundation Day (1945)
Nov. 16 Thu Mothers' Day
Dec. 27 Wed Constitution Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

07 Nov 2016 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.  11 Jan 2016 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.  07 Dec 2015 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.  16 Jan 2015 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.  06 Jan 2015 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.  29 Nov 2014 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.  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.  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: UnitedHealthcare Global (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).


Footnotes
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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.

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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.

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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).


Disclaimer
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 2017 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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