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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 πŸ˜€

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)2.png

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

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Traditional Board Game: Yutnori