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Hangul Day 2020: Google Doodle celebrates Korean Hangeul Proclamation Day

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Google Doodle celebrates the Korean Alphabet Day, known as Hangul Day (한글날) in South Korea, and Chosŏn’gŭl Day (조선글날) in North Korea or Hangeul Proclamation Day (한글; 조선글) on October 9, 2020.

Hangul Day (한글날) is a national Korean commemorative day denoting the innovation and the proclamation of Hangeul (한글; 조선글), the alphabet of the Korean language, by the 15th-century Korean ruler Sejong the Great. It is seen on October 9 in South Korea and on January 15 in North Korea. Excluding the year 1990 to 2012 where the government amplified business days to assist industrial development, Hangul day has been a national holiday in South Korea since 1970.

In South Korea, the holiday is called Hangeul Proclamation Day (한글; 조선글), or Hangul Day (한글날) for short, and is celebrated on October 9 to celebrate the declaration of the Hunminjeongeum on October 9, 1446.

Hangeul Day (한글날) is a recognition of the creation and declaration of Hangeul, the written form of the Korean language. Hangul was remembered for the UNESCO’s Memory of the World List in 1997. South Korea, North Korea, and China use Hangul, which is the alphabet for writing their words.

The alphabet was invented in 1446 and now this anniversary is known as Hangul Day (한글날), which is praised in South Korea on October 9. Hangul was presented in Korea by King Sejong on the ninth month of the lunar calendar in 1446. The alphabet was published in Hunmin Jeongeum, the document that portrayed an altogether new system of writing for the Korean language.

The celebration of Hangul Day (한글날) showed up in South Korea in 1928, when the term “hangul” became broadly acknowledged among individuals. Around then celebration of this holiday was organized as indicated by the lunar calendar.

In 1931 the date of the holiday was fixed on October 29 as per the Gregorian calendar, yet in 1934 it was moved to October 28. The Hangul Society found an original copy of Hunmin Jeongeum Haerye, that expressed that the alphabet was declared during the first ten days of the ninth month.

The date of the declaration was recalculated and it relates to October 9 of the Julian calendar. October 9 became a fixed date of celebration of Hangul Day in 1945 when the holiday was proclaimed by the government of South Korea.

Hangeul Day (한글날) was avoided from the list of public holidays in 1990 for practical and economic reasons. It recovered some of its statuses in 2005 when it was assigned as a national day of celebration. It reestablished as a public holiday in 2013.

On October 9, 2020, Google Doodle, represented by South Korea-based artist Jisu Choi, celebrates Hangul Day 2020 with animated doodle artwork.

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