India and North, South Korea Celebrate Their Independence Days on the Same Date

Several Asian nations celebrate their independence in August, including three that share the date Aug. 15. While liberated in 1945, the Republic of Korea wasn't officially established until Aug. 15, 1948. The date is called Gwangbokjeol, which translates to Restoration of Light Day, and it is celebrated today by both North and South Korea.At Church of Light and Salt in Hurst on Aug. 15, the Korean Association of Tarrant County celebrated Independence Day with a program that included speakers, a video presentation, singing and a tea ceremony. Association president Nicole Conrad is known for her tea ceremonies that demonstrate respect to elders and Korean traditions.Several Korean War veterans were recognized during the ceremony. Afterwards, guests were invited to a reception that included rice cakes and fruit.   Continue reading...

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