We all love having a day off from work. However, I think it would be great for people to know what the red days on our work calendars mean. I’ll be starting with today, March 1st.

Brief Historical Background

Japan occupied the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. During this time Japanese officials and military, and Korean Japanese sympathizers made life hell for many people in Korea.

What Is The March 1st Movement?

On March 1st, 1919, many Koreans gathered in groups or individually in order to show resistance towards Japanese rule. The March 1st Movement, also known as “Sam-il Movement” or “Manse Demonstrations,” was one of the earliest public displays of Korean resistance during the Japanese occupation.

What Happens During This Day?

All around Korea especially in historical places, museums, or near government buildings, there are various ways this day is being remembered. Sometimes there are parades, crafts for children, speeches made by prominent figures, special TV programs, and much more. It’s also a national holiday, so many people don’t go to work. However, some business are still open. March 1st has been observed as a national holiday since 1949.

Some places like the Seodaemun Prison, where many Korean independence fighters where jailed, have special events throughout the day.


All of what I’ve written is based off of facts that I learned throughout university (One of my majors was Korean History and culture). If I use any outside information, I’ll have them sourced. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or write a message to me on my contact page.