SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — A district in the southwestern part of London will designate Kimchi Day for the first time in Europe.
The Royal Borough of Kingston, the district with the largest Korean community in Europe, announced on Monday (local time) that it will designate Nov. 22 as Kimchi Day and celebrate it annually starting this year.
District officials noted that the number of U.S. states celebrating Kimchi Day is increasing, adding that it will join the designation of Kimchi Day for the first time in Europe.
The Royal Borough of Kingston clarified that kimchi made by pickling and fermenting vegetables is the national dish of Korea.
It stressed that the process of making kimchi, called “kimjang,” was designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The primary reason why the Royal Borough of Kingston designated November 22 as Kimchi Day was that kimjang is usually undertaken in November ahead of the winter months, and kimchi has 22 different health benefits.
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