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About 2 weeks ago, it was Seollal, Korean New Year’s Day in the lunar calendar.
I think a lot of foreigners who are interested in Korean culture may wonder about it, so let me introduce it 😀
Q) Why Seollal is not Jaunary 1?
- As you know, in Western world, New Year’s Day is January 1. However, some Asian countries including Korea celebrates both January 1 and Seollal, New Year’s Day in the lunar calendar. Seollal is called differently in another Asian countries, though.
Q) What do Koreans usually do and eat on Seollal?
- On Seollal, the whole family gathers, like Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day). We usually eat Tteokguk (rice-cake soup), which symbolizes growing old, and give New Year’s greetings to our parents and grandparents.
Tteokguk (rice-cake soup)
Sebae (New Year’s Greeting to parents and grandparents)
- Children get some money for giving New Year’s Greetings to parents and grandparents.
Memorial Ceremony for Ancestors
- We also have a memorial ceremony for ancestors with various fruits, vegetables, dishes placed on memorial service table.
Picture of memorial service table
Traditional Board Game: Yutnori
- These are Yuts for throwing/Board for the game.
Did you get to know a lot about Seollal? Have a nice day 🙂