Children Day in Korea23 May 2010
If you ask a Korean first or second grader what important event took place on June 25 they most likely won’t be able to tell you, but ask them what holiday takes place on May 5 and nearly every one of them will answer Children’s Day. Children’s Day in Korea is viewed by Korean children in a similar manner as Christmas is viewed by many children in the rest of the world — as a time for gifts and fun. Because it is a national holiday, parents are free to indulge the whims and wants of their offspring by taking them to amusement parks, movies, parks, zoos, and other places that draw the excited laughter of youth. Children day is also a day to honor adults that have contributed to improving the lives of children. (???!)
Children’s Day in Korea traces its origins to Bang Jeong-hwan, a children’s story book writer, who, on May 1, 1923, wrote “An Open Letter to Adults.” This letter called upon adults to, among other things, “speak to children with respect, and speak softly.” One translation of Bang Jeong-hwan’s letter states:
“Children are the future of our nation. Let’s show respect for children. Children who grow up with ridicule and contempt from others will become people who disrespect others, while children who grow up with respect from others will become people who respect others in turn.”
He is also believed to be responsible for changing the meaning of the word “???” into “child”, which originally meant for “younger” (as opposed to “??” (”older”)).
That day, 2010, We went to Sky Expo in Ansan..
I went there with my friend, Cornellio and Widita. On the trip to the airfield, Widita told me that so many parents and children stopped at Seoul Grand Park Station (? ?????). So I heard that Seoul Grand Park is the most popular destination when Children Day. My intention to go to the expo were not only to see various air attraction, but also to see the children day. Then, we arrived at the airfield. And see.. I was right!
Somehow, Korean introduces their military to the children. Anyway, since no harm/cruel thing was shown, I think that’s just cool..
A lil bit OOT, here is the reason behind the Korean awareness..
Korean family gathers and enjoyed themselves for a full day.. Surely, it only happens on the big holiday.
If this post’s more about the children activities, my next post will be all about all the attraction in the sky expo , so many good pics there (??? click ???.. =)