Extended application of substitute holidays

Yugyeong Jeong


Existing substitute holidays were applied only when the Lunar New Year and Chuseok holidays overlap with Sundays and Children’s Day overlapped with Saturdays and Sundays. From 2022 onwards, if the Lunar New Year and Chuseok holidays are on Sundays, and Children’s Day and national holidays (March 1, Liberation Day, National Foundation Day, Hangeul Day) overlap with Saturdays and Sundays, substitute holidays will be extended. The Act on Public Holidays, enacted to expand the implementation of substitute holidays, allows the government to designate substitute holidays for all public holidays. With this amendment, Liberation Day on August 15 was applied as an alternative public holiday. This year, there will be only two days left until October 4 and October 11, which are the replacement holidays for National Foundation Day and Hangeul Day. From 2022 onwards, March 1st will also be a substitute public holiday.

A plan to designate January 1, Buddha’s Birthday, Remembrance Day, and Christmas Day as substitute holidays was also considered, but failed. Even when the “Law on Public Holidays” was passed by the National Assembly in June, it was predicted that Christmas would also be an alternative holiday. However, the Ministry of Personnel Management and Innovation decided to limit the alternative holidays to national holidays, announcing the amendment bill within a month. Regarding the scope of the alternative holidays, it was decided to apply the alternative holidays only on national holidays in consideration of the public’s right to rest, the burden of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the economic impact. There were also protests against the government of calendar companies as the confirmation of the lunar calendar, which is the standard for calendar production, was delayed.

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