Today is the day Koreans celebrate their independence from Japanese rule. March 1st isn’t when Korea became independent, but rather when one of the first significant movements against Japanese rule took place. It was March 1, 1919.
The movement spread throughout Korea where approximately 7,000 Koreans were killed by Japanese police and soldiers. One female student, Yu-Kwan Sun played a big part in the movement. She is considered to be one of the most famous of all Koreans.
March 1st is one of the rare days off for Koreans. Today the Korean flag flies all over town, Korean traditional music plays in the distance and Koreans collectively spit toward the East Sea.