행복한 어린이날! (Happy Children’s Day!)

Today is Children’s Day in South Korea; a day to celebrate children. While growing up I didn’t know that other countries did have Children’s Days, I remember asking my mom why the U.S. didn’t have a Children’s Day since we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. She said that everyday is children’s day so there was no need for a separate holiday. At that point I sure didn’t think every day was about me–really I still don’t believe that–but I do understand her point a bit more now that I’m a parent.

Still, Children’s Day is a holiday in our house, and one we’ve celebrated every year since our son’s been home. Each year my husband has taken the day off work and we’ve done something as a family, like go to a museum or the zoo. This year it’s a bit different since my husband just started a new job in late January and doesn’t have as much vacation time. But he’s still managing to take the afternoon off and we’ll do something our son really wants to do, which this year seems to be going to the park.

I also let him pick out a sugary cereal that he could have for breakfast on his special day, and it’s very likely that we’ll have ice cream at some point today. We also let him pick what I’m going to make for dinner, and if we go to a restaurant for lunch, we let him pick the restaurant.

Our son spent a good part of the day yesterday planning Children’s Day, and letting us know his desires. After all, as he said, “Mom, it is a day all about me.”

If you’d like to know a little about the history behind Children’s Day, you can see the post I did last year on May 5.

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2 thoughts on “행복한 어린이날! (Happy Children’s Day!)

  1. It’s so nice that you actually celebrate Korean Children’s day for your son here in the States. I regret that I did not do that with my children. When I was growing up, our favorite things to do on Children’s day were to go to an amusement park and eat out jajangmyeon (Korean-Chinese noodles in black bean sauce). I think at the time there was only one amusement park in Korea, and it was always very crowded on Children’s day. Korean children grow up on jajangmyeon, more back then (when pizza and hamburgers weren’t in competition) than now. The sweet and savory noodle dish was every kid’s favorite. I can just hear parents saying “what do you want to eat on Children’s day?” We would all shout out “jajangmyeon!”

    • Thanks for sharing your memories of Children’s Day! We always have such a great time celebrating our son. And jajangmyeon–yum!

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