Korean Independence Day 2021.
Independence day in South Korea falls on August 15 annually when it celebrates the achievement of the military and diplomatic campaign by the Korean Independence Movement to get the independence of Korea from Japan. It is also known as ‘Gwangbokjeol,’ which translates to ‘bringing back the light.’ This name represents the end of the darkness of Japan’s rule over South Korea. Gwangbokjeol is one of the few national holidays that is shared with North Korea, which also observes its Liberation Day on August 15. This holiday is celebrated with festivities, ceremonies, and parades nationwide.
South Korea competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games were postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the nation’s official debut in 1948, South Korean athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow due to its support for the United States-led boycott.
This year Korea had a team of 237 participants which consisted of 132 men and 105 women. It was a lucky year for them as they succeeded in getting 6 gold medals, 4 silver and 10 bronze and it was a joy to see them participate in spite of this Covid-19
pandemic that has paralyzed so much of life in our world. Good luck now to the Paralympians!
Today we wish all our Korean Sisters and those who worked in Korea and all our friends, co-workers and benefactors, who are and were part of our mission there a
Very Happy Independence Day.
We entrust Korea to Our Lady as we celebrate
the feast of her Assumption into heaven.