38th Separated Families Day Ceremony and Joint Ancestral Rites
Separated family members are unable to get together with their
relatives for the Chuseok holidays.
The 38th Separated Families Day ceremony was held at the government
building for the Five North Korean Provinces in Seoul on September 9
to comfort the separated family members who are unable to visit their
hometowns. The joint ancestral rites were also held at the ceremony to
provide some degree of comfort to the separated families with a
longing for their loved ones.
Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul offered words of comfort to the
separated families and said, “It is unfortunate that the government’s
efforts are not sufficient to meet their desperate yearning I will …
work harder to end the longest-running separation on this earth as
soon as possible through early implementation of the inter-Korean
The Separated Families Day has been observed since 1982 by the
Korean Assembly for the Reunion of Ten Million Separated Families.