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Hanbok Day (한복의 날)

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Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. It has been worn since ancient times and has evolved throughout the history of Korea, to become a distinctive element that represents it worldwide. Nowadays, it is only worn on special occasions or anniversaries. It is a formal wear and many Koreans keep a hanbok for such occasions.

South Korea has been celebrating National Hanbok Day every October 21st to promote the industrial and cultural value of the traditional outfit. Established in 2018, the event has been held annually in the third week of October to promote the beauty of Korean traditional costume. Fitting for this objective, ‘Hanbok Day’ Proclamation Ceremony was held on Thursday, Oct 21, at noon at the City of Aurora Municipal Center. It was sponsored by Consulate General of the Republic of Korean in San Francisco and was collaborated with The Peaceful Unification Advisory Council Denver Chapter.

At noon, while numerous guests were watching, the reenactment of ceremonial parade of the Royal Family, which was led by Mayor Mike Coffman, signaled the beginning of the event. The Pledge of Allegiance of the both countries were read aloud and the national anthems of the two countries were played, which was followed by the Opening Remark by Edward Kook. Pre-recorded remarks by Sen. John Hickenlooper and Representative Jason Crow endorsed the official proclamation of Hanbok Day in Colorado. Congratulatory remarks were made by Priscilla Rahn, Vice Chair Colorado GOP, elucidated how beautiful Hanbok is and what it symbolizes in Korean culture, which was followed by the remarks by Deputy Consul Chung. He introduced the short history of Hanbok, the occasions of wearing them, and the significance of promoting Hanbok in American society. Chung emphasized the friendship between Korea and Colorado and announced that November 22 will be Kimchi Day.

Hanbok Day Proclamation ceremony was heightened when Mayor Coffman presented the proclamation to the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council. Celebrating Hanbok Day, ‘Taste of Korea’ was also arranged at the lobby in order to introduce and promote K-Food, featuring Bibimbap, Japchae, Bulgogi, and many other delightful cuisines. Korean Food experience and the cultural performance enhanced the festive moods and highlighted the celebration of national costume of Korea.

Although there have been changes throughout its history, the hanbok is still worn today in Korea for celebrations, weddings, birthdays, and milestones, and represents the aesthetic of the Korean people. Not only the ‘Hanbok Day’ Proclamation Ceremony was an undeniable occasion of celebrating Korean Hanbok but it was also a juncture of fostering the friendship between Korean and American people and culture.

By Renee Klein
reneegeniale@gmail.com

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Renee (이영란) University of Denver, Denver, CO - Master of Liberal Studies in International Studies Regis University, Denver, CO - Certificate in Educational Leadership, Principal Licensure 전 콜로라도 공립, 사립 중학교, 고등학교 사회과목, 프랑스어 교사(2004년부터)

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