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Independence Movement Day 2020

South Korea National Holiday in South Korea

Independence Movement Day is a public holiday in South Korea. It is always celebrated on 1 March
HyangWonJeong in Gyeongbokgung, Seoul

When is Independence Movement Day?

How long until March 1st Movement ?
This holiday next takes place in 315 Days.
Dates of March 1st Movement
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday
2019 Friday
2018 Thursday
2017 Wednesday
2016 Tuesday
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Samil Jeol
Summary
Locally called Samil Jeol, Independence Movement day commemorates a nation-wide independence movement which took place in 1919 in protest against colonisation by Japan

Also known as March 1 Movement Day, Independence Movement Day is a public holiday in South Korea. It is always celebrated on 1st March.

History of Independence Movement Day

Locally called 'Samil Jeol', Independence Movement day commemorates a nation-wide independence movement which took place in 1919 in protest against colonisation by Japan.

On 1 March 1919 (Samil means "three-one," signifying third month, first day), protesters demonstrated against the Japanese occupation which began in 1910, depriving Koreans of many freedoms.

The March 1 movement was a turning point; an estimated two million people took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations and a Declaration of Independence was read at a rally in Seoul.

The demonstrations were met with thousands of arrests and violence. It is estimated that around 15,000 Koreans were injured and around 7,000 were killed.

Independence leaders formed a provisional government abroad.

The date was designated a day of national commemoration in 1946, a year after Korea gained its independence, and became a national holiday in 1949.

How is Independence Movement Day celebrated?

The Day is marked by the reading of the 1919 Declaration of Independence at Pagoda Park in Seoul.


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