Currency: Won (KPW)Internet domain: .kp - telephone code: +850 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +9 (DST: no)Weekend: Sunday
Monday january 1, 2024
School holidays : 2022 school calendar not available
Often, schools dont have enough funds to operate, so they go on vacation for 10 days or so and order students to collect wild greens, acorns and animal skins. The students call these periods "wild greens vacations" or "acorn vacations"
Students are required to collect 1 kg of wild greens, 5 kg of acorns, and 3 rabbit skins. They also have to collect 5 kg of wood for heating. Some schools even require students to contribute a pair of gloves for use at construction sites.
If students cannot meet the quotas for wood, they must provide the school with US $2 instead.
Tight jeans prohibited
Haircuts are limited to 15 imposed styles
North Korean men and women, at the age of 17, are required to participate in military service. Men must serve 10 years, while women “only” 6 years
We carry confirmed dates till Jan 2022
New Year's Day
Monday january 1, 2024
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
National Language Day
Monday january 15, 2024
Saturday february 10, 2024
Secular holiday : Korean New Year
North Koreans begin celebrating the Lunar New Year’s day by showing their loyalty to the Kim family. And later in the day, people observe ancestral rites, enjoy family meals, and watch art performances embedded with messages praising the preeminence of leader Kim Jong-un and the ruling party’s leadership.
In the morning, North Korean people lay flowers and pay respect to the statues or the portraits of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il.
Pyongyang residents visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the embalmed bodies of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are enshrined, and climb up Mansu Hill to bow down to giant bronze statues of the late leaders.
Kim Jong Il's Anniversary
Friday february 16, 2024
Secular holiday : Kim Jong-il (born in 1941) has been the leader of North Korea since 1994. He holds the title of Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (the ruling party since 1948). He succeeded his father Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, upon the latter's death in 1994.
Saturday february 24, 2024
Secular holiday : Actually called Jongwol Daeborum, it has been observed for over 1,000 years.
Jongwol Daeborum is the first full moon of the new lunar year.
In the past, it was thought that because the moon was full, it was a day for driving away misfortune and evil. Thus, the foods eaten and the games played on this traditional holiday have had a hidden purpose of expelling misfortune and evil.
Friday march 8, 2024
Secular holiday :
Friday march 8, 2024
National Day of Tree Planting
Thursday march 14, 2024
Thursday april 4, 2024
Secular holiday : Commemoration of Hansik, the 105th day after the winter solstice and historically commemorated in Chinese custom, and partly at exemplifying the open heartedness of Kim Jong Eun.
Sunday april 14, 2024
Sports events : Www.pyongyangmarathon.com/ 2024 edition confirmed
Sun/Kim Il Sung's Birthday
Monday april 15, 2024
Secular holiday : Leader of North Korea (1912 1994)from its founding in 1948 until his death, when he was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. Although the country is officially atheist, Kim Il-Sung is worshipped like a living god. [Wikipedia]
People's Army Foundation Day
Thursday april 25, 2024
Secular holiday : Changed in 1978 from 8 February to 25 April (creation of an anti-Japanese guerrilla army in 1932).
Labor Day/May Day
Wednesday may 1, 2024
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .
Rason International Trade Fair
Friday may 10, 2024
Tradeshows : Https://www.youngpioneertours.com/ lasts 4 days - in the main Special Economic Zone of North Korea. 2024 edition confirmed (please double-check as dates sometimes vary)