Children's Day - Korea
written by Sung Hee for Dodoland
Children's Day (Eorini nal) is a South Korean national
on May 5. It was founded by the Korean children's
writer and storyteller Bang Jung-hwan in 1923 as a
way to instill in the children a sense of independence
and national pride. Children's Day highlights the
dignity of children and their need for love, care,
and respect. It is also a day to honor adults that
have contributed to improving the lives of children.
This day is celebrated with various programs for children,
who enjoy themselves to the full with their parents.
Amusements parks, zoos, and national parks become
crowded with families enjoying the holiday in the
Dr. Bang is the man who originated
the day in 1922 and it officially became a day of
celebration in 1978. Dr. Bang was a storyteller and
a writer and he pioneered studies about children and
ways to help them. He is the person who used the word
" Eorini" which means children. He started
an organization called "Saek Dong Hoi" with
1. The Heart : is the Mind of the members of SaekDong
2. Circle : the Children's Soul
3. Green TaeGeuk : Ambition, Freedom, Peace, Culture,
Dream or Hope
4. White TaeGeuk : Describing children who are crying
"Be a brave and genuine child and love and
help each other."
The Children's Charter
These are a few:
1. Children should be born in healthy and grow
up in warm family with love.
4. Children should take over the grand and
great culture then recreate and spread it out.
7. Children should love nature and arts and
cultivate the spirit and attitude of seeking science.
11. Children are our hope and future.
Children should grow up as
cosmopolitans who will be the
support and driving force of our
nation and can contribute to human