Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi declare November 22nd as Kimchi Day

22 November 2022- Governor Larry Hogan today proclaimed November 22, 2022 as Kimchi Day to recognize the importance of this popular Korean dish, and to further celebrate Korean culture in Maryland.

First Lady Yumi Hogan, the first Korean-American First Lady in the United States, has promoted kimchi through her “Yumi Cooks” series. Government House is the first and only governor’s mansion in the nation with a kimchi refrigerator. The First Lady also led the effort to open Maryland’s Koreatown last year in Ellicott City.

“Proclaiming the first Kimchi Day in state history is another way to celebrate our incredible Korean-American community and its many contributions,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration is proud of the special bond we have with Korea, and all we have been able to do to make those cultural and economic ties even stronger.”

The Proclamation can be read below.

WHEREAS, Kimchi has become a popular dish in Korean cuisine and is known across the globe for its unique lacto-fermentation process and distinct flavor;

WHEREAS, Korean Americans represent a vibrant, growing community in the State of Maryland and across the United States of America, and have gone on to become an integral part of our communities and have made numerous contributions to science, business, art, law, and many other fields;

WHEREAS, Our administration is proud of the special bond we have with Korea, and has worked hard to make that bond even stronger through productive trade missions, new sister-state relationships, and partnerships between Maryland and Korean universities;

WHEREAS, Maryland is honored to join states around the nation, the Republic of Korea, and members of the Korean American community in celebrating Kimchi Day in order to promote Korean culture and cuisine.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, do hereby proclaim NOVEMBER 22, 2022 as KIMCHI DAY in Maryland and do commend this observance to all of our citizens.