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Los Angeles declares September 17 as ‘Squid Game Day’

The Los Angeles city council proclaimed ‘Squid Game Day’ to be celebrated annually on Sept. 17.

LifestyleAsia reported that the celebration was held in front of the Los Angeles City Hall on Sept. 9. Among those in attendance were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman John Lee, Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, CEO of Siren Pictures Kim Ji-yeon, and lead actor Lee Jung-jae.

The council passed the resolution to commemorate the Korean series on the date it first premiered on Netflix in 2021, NME magazine reports. The proclamation is part of the city’s initiative to amplify AAPI community voices.

During his speech, Garcetti said that in Los Angeles, the celebration of art, diversity, and cultural contributions are not limited to Angelenos, but inclusive of all creatives all over the world.

“I’m proud to stand alongside city leaders and the creative industry to uplift the work that comes across the Pacific from our Korean film and television friends, and their many additions to our cultural fabric,” Garcetti said, according to FOX LA.

Congressman Lee believes that the proclamation may be the first in American history to celebrate a television series by designating an official commemoration date, NME magazine reports.

The resolution highlighted that Squid Game continues to hold on to its designation as the most-watched Netflix original series to date.

NME magazine noted that Squid Games was the first-ever Korean language series to become the number one series in the United States. It is difficult for non-English speaking shows to achieve that feat.

Considering the huge influence of Korean pop culture in the country, the council, by way of passing the resolution, also recognizes the impact of the show in representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the entertainment industry.

Through the show, the audiences were exposed to Korean traditions and culture, and helped pave the way for other marginalized groups to have their voices heard and their stories told.

In June 2022, Deadline stated that the series was renewed for a second season, which is slated for broadcast by late 2023 or early 2024. Netflix is also in the development of a reality competition program based on the show, featuring 456 players competing for a large cash prize.

Squid Game has received numerous nominations and awards globally since its launch last year. Adding to the impressive accolades the show has gathered so far, lead actor Lee Jung-jae hopes to include making history at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, on the list.

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