BUSAN, South Korea — The Korean Federation of Teacher’s Association has canceled this year’s Teacher’s Day activities at schools nationwide, the first such instance since the holiday was reinstated 32 years ago.
According to Korean media reports, the KFTA decided that ‘due to the timing of this catastrophe, students and teachers should mourn together’ instead of having a celebration.
Education week, which also takes place from May 12th through the 18th, will also be substituted for a condolence time for both teachers and students.
Teacher’s Day began on May 26, 1963 by a group of Red Cross youth team members who visited their sick ex-teachers in hospitals though was moved to May 15th in 1965 to honor King Sejong the Great’s birthday.
The holiday, which students present carnations and presents to honor their teachers, was banned by the government from 1973 to 1982.