The city of Los Angeles has officially designated September 17 as Squid Game Day, in recognition of the achievements of the South Korean Netflix series.
Korean-American Congressman John Lee announced on September 7 that the city council had passed the resolution designating September 17 as Squid Game Day, according to The Korea Times. The Californian city will commemorate the Korean series every year on September 17, when Squid Game first aired on Netflix last year.
Lee told reporters that this may be the first time in the United States that a memorial day has been designated for a television series, according to the Korea Times. The resolution noted that Squid Game retains its place as the most-watched Netflix Original to date, and that “it was the first Korean series on Netflix to reach number one in the United States, breaking the barrier that many foreign-language shows face west simply because of subtitles.”
He also noted that Squid Game has successfully introduced various facets of Korean culture not only to American audiences but across the world; it also did so by receiving nominations and awards at numerous American and international ceremonies, largely as the first Korean and first foreign-language series to achieve such feats.
“Squid Game Marks Another Victory in the Fight to Increase AAPI Community Representation [Asian American and Pacific Islander] in film and entertainment, exposing audiences to Korean culture and traditions while paving the way for other AAPI communities to have their stories told as well,” we read in the resolution.
According to The Korea Times, a ceremony to celebrate the designation will be held in front of Los Angeles City Hall tomorrow (September 9), attended by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, CEO from the series, production company Siren Pictures Kim Ji-yeon, as well as lead actor Lee Jung-jae (who played player 456 in the series).