Parents’ Day, 어버이 날, May 8

In America we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But in the Republic of Korea moms and dads share a holiday; it’s Parents’ Day, which is on May 8 each year.

On Parents’ Day, children in Korea give their parents red carnations and gifts, and spend time doing things the parents enjoy. There is also a Parents’ Day song that children sing.

Our Korean teacher told us that if one parent is deceased then children buy or make a white carnation, instead of the traditional red, to honor that parent.

I found a story at that details some specifics about Parents’ Day, and includes a few Korean folktales that demonstrate the dedication Korean’s have to their parents. You can find that story at this address:


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