Daily Life in Korea 58

May 5th is Children’s Day and when students say what they want to do that day, they say things like see a movie, eat in a restaurant, go to play games at a PC room, and sleep.  Those seem like such normal weekend activities (yes, this is the first year they had two-day weekends-before every other Saturday was a half-day at school).  But I suppose it is normal, except they could be doing those things with their parents.  But they also told me they want to receive money and gifts so now I know what the magic of Children’s Day is really all about: spend some time with the old folks and get some monetary compensation.  It’s kind of like Christmas.  Actually, Korean kids have birthdays, Christmas, Seollal or Chinese New Year, and Children’s Day-spoiled little bastards.