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California designates Hanbok Day on October 21, with unanimity

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Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva explains the purpose and traditions of Hanbok Day to fellow legislators on the afternoon of August 28.

 

“This iconic attire is steeped in a tradition, gracing joyous occasions such as holidays, weddings, and especially to cherish milestone of a child’s first birthday.”

On August 28, the California State Assembly passed a bill (ACR 110) designating October 21 as “Hanbok Day” each year by a vote of 66-0. It’s only the third U.S. state to declare the official Hanbok Day.

The resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Sharron Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), drew attention to herself by wearing a red Hanbok jerkin to the regular session that afternoon.

“Korean Americans wear Hanbok today across the nation as a celebration, that diversify of American Society” Quirk-Silva said. “By designating October 21 as Hanbok Day, we embrace the nature of inclusivity not just within our respective districts but also throughout the entirety of the state of California.”

In the U.S., New Jersey was the first state to recognize Hanbok Day in 2021, followed by Arizona in 2022.

Meanwhile, Hanbok Day has been celebrated in 36 cities around the world, including Europe and South America, to commemorate its history and beauty, and South Korea has celebrated the day every year on October 21 since 1996, with events related to Hanbok.

BY BRIAN CHOI    [ichoi@koreadaily.com]

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