Remembering Samiljeol (March 1st): Honoring Korea's Fight for Independence
Updated: May 29
Wow, time flies! Already the end of February! So tomorrow is March 1st. In Korea, March 1st is a significant day.
It is a day that commemorates the independence movement against Japanese colonial rule, known as Samiljeol (삼일절).
As a reminder for myself as well as a piece of information about Korea, I decided to write this post!
March 1st. 1919
Samiljeol, which means "March 1st Independence Movement" in Korean, is a national holiday in South Korea. It is a day to remember and honor the brave men and women who stood up against Japanese colonial rule on March 1st, 1919.
There are other national holidays such as Seollal (New Year's day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and while all three holidays are important cultural celebrations in Korea, Seollal and Chuseok celebrate family, harvest, and new beginnings, Samiljeol is more of a day to honor the courageous men and woman who fought for Korean independence.
It was a peaceful demonstration, with people from all walks of life participating, including students, religious leaders, and business people.
The movement spread quickly throughout the country, and even though it was ultimately crushed by the Japanese authorities, it served as a catalyst for the Korean independence movement.
During the Samiljeol independence movement, many Korean protesters waved the Taegugki 태극기, which is the national flag of South Korea. Taegugki was seen as a symbol of Korean unity and resistance against Japanese colonial rule. It was a powerful gesture that gave Koreans a sense of pride, unity, and identity during a difficult time.
Remembering Our Ancestors: Honoring the Legacy of Samiljeol
Samiljeol is now recognized as a pivotal moment in Korean history and a key event in the struggle for Korean independence.
Korea is a small country that has gone through many challenges, but we have come a long way and are doing well today.
In the current world climate, with so many problems and issues in parts of the world, I feel it is important to appreciate the freedom and safety that we have in South Korea. It is a reminder that our ancestors fought hard for us to have the opportunities we have today.