FYI October 03, 2019

On This Day

2457 BC – Gaecheonjeol, Hwanung (환웅) purportedly descended from heaven. South Korea’s National Foundation Day.
Gaecheonjeol (Korean: 개천절, hanja: 開天節) is a public holiday in South Korea on 3 October. Also known by the English name National Foundation Day, this holiday celebrates the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 BC. This date has traditionally been regarded as the date for the founding of the Korean people.

Gaecheonjeol is also recognized in North Korea, although not as a public holiday, with an annual ceremony at the Mausoleum of Tangun, the founder of Gojoseon.

Gae-cheon (“Opening of Heaven”) refers to 3 October 2457 BCE, the date when Hwanung (환웅) descended from heaven to live with mankind.[1]

The harvest ceremony was celebrated in the Korean realms; Yeonggo (영고) of Buyeo; Mucheon (무천) of Yemaek; Gyeeum (계음) of Mahan and Byeonhan; Dongmaeng (동맹) of Goguryeo; and Palgwanheoi (팔관회) of Silla.

In 1909, Gaecheonjeol was established as a national holiday.[2] At first, the holiday was observed on the third day of the 10th month on the lunar calendar, but it has been fixed on 3 October of the solar Gregorian calendar since 1949.


On 15 January, 1909, when Daejonggyo(대종교) reopened its gate with Nachul at the center, it was established as a celebration day and celebrated every year. Events like this contributed to fostering the spirit of the Korean people under the pressure of Japanese colonial rule.

When the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea was established in 1919, the provisional government established 3 October of the lunar calendar as a national holiday. This is based on the universal perception of history, which saw Dangun as the founder of the Hankyoreh at the time and Gojoseon as the first nation of the Korean people.[3]

Following the establishment of the Republic of Korea after Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, the Dangun prayer, or short term, was enacted as the official link of the nation in the Act on Maritime Affairs on 25 September 1948. On 1 October 1949, the Act on National Economic Day was enacted and the date of the third lunar month was designated as the Gaecheonjeol. Since it was originally a lunar calendar, it had been used as a lunar calendar even after the establishment of the Korean government, but after the deliberation of the “Gaecheonjeol Music and Yangpower Reclamation Deliberation Council,” which was appointed by the Education Ministry in 1949, it changed the lunar calendar into a solar calendar and became a great practice as it was said that the records of October 3 were precious.

On the other hand, Daejonggyo believes that the original meaning of the stream is not Dangun’s founding day, but the third day of the lunar month of October 2457 BC, when Hwanwoong opened the sky gate and came down below Sin Dansu, Taebaek Mountain, and began the great work of Hongik Man and Yihwa World.[4]

National Foundation Day Song

Original Daegonggyo sing this song. After the National Foundation Day becomes as a national holiday, like now. It is changed like this.[5]

Section 1

“If we are water, we would be heart burning.

If we are a tree, there is our roots.

Dangun is your father of this country.

Section 2

At a time of high mountain rich couple.

From the sky with traces of adults.

Chosa hole in the October the Harvest Month is on that day.

Section 3

A long long time. even if the stems.

Phil Samchully be in single tree leaves again.

I well received the map orida. Maeng saeanoni…


Born On This Day

1899 – Gertrude Berg, American actress, screenwriter and producer (d. 1966)
Gertrude Berg (October 3, 1899 – September 14, 1966) was an American actress, screenwriter and producer. A pioneer of classic radio, she was one of the first women to create, write, produce and star in a long-running hit when she premiered her serial comedy-drama The Rise of the Goldbergs (1929), later known as The Goldbergs. Her career achievements included winning a Tony Award and an Emmy Award, both for Best Lead Actress.




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3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (October 3, 2019)

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Happy Thursday!

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question for the week…



The costs of your good habits are in the present.

The costs of your bad habits are in the future.


Why focus on the process when the world is outcome driven? Don’t results matter?

Yes, results do matter. But if you optimize for the outcome, you win one time.

If you optimize for a process that leads to great outcomes, you can win again and again.


Major life changes—moving to a new city, starting a new job, ending a relationship, getting married, having kids, etc.—will often make life harder for the first 100 days before improving.

This is not always true, but it’s a nice reminder that experiencing early struggle doesn’t mean it was a bad choice.



Italian billionaire Brunello Cucinelli on what money can’t buy:

“There are three things you cannot buy.

Fitness: You have to keep fit, whether you’re rich or not.

Diet: You cannot pay someone to be on a diet for you.

Then, looking after your soul. No one can possibly treat your soul but you yourself.”

Source: Brunello Cucinelli


The novelist Jonathan Safran Foer on changing your habits:

“Instead of imagining all the meals ahead of you, focus on the meal in front of you. Don’t give up burgers for the rest of your life. Just order something different one time. It’s hard to change lifelong habits, but it’s not that hard to change a meal. Over time, those meals become your new habits.”

Source: Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather

(Pssst… this quote pairs well with the ideas covered in a little book called Atomic Habits.)


Here’s a question for you to consider this week…

How would the person I wish to be act today?

Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the New York Times bestselling book, Atomic Habits
Creator of The Habits Academy and the Habit Journal

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