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Happy New Year! What is Seollal like in Korea?

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In Korea, the official first day of the new year is the Lunar New Year’s Day, which we call “Seollal”. As you know, the lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the Moon. Along with Seollal, Chuseok which is on August 15th on the lunar calendar is one of the biggest holidays in Korea. Aren’t you curious how we celebrate Seollal?
Let me take a few minutes to explain!

#New year_the first day #Wearing_new_clothes # Seolbim
On New Year's Day, we wear Seolbim, new clothes to greet the new year with a fresh mind and leave all old things behind. In the olden days, housewives used to make Seolbim by working through the night when Seollal came. Nowadays, you can find people going out in beautiful Hanbok, the Korean traditional clothes, during the Seollal holiday season.

#New Year_greetings #Happy_New_Year #Sebae
Sebae, the traditional bowing ceremony, is the way we express gratitude to the elders of the family. Bowing politely, we say “Happy New Year!” to the elders and they give words of blessing along with a New Year’s gift in the form of cash. Now it’s your turn! How about sending your warm new year greetings to your loved ones?

#Tasty_rice_cake_soup #One_year_older #Tteokguk
Koreans believe that eating Tteokguk, Korean rice cake soup, makes them grow a year older. The soup is made with rounded white rice cake, Tteok. It is believed to ward off misfortune and bring hope to us. This is why we share our plans for the New Year with family while eating Tteokguk. Why don’t you begin this year by enjoying this wonderful meal on the upcoming Seollal?


In 2018, Seollal falls on Friday, February 16th but the holidays begin from the day before, Thursday, 15th.
We wish you happiness, prosperity and success in all your days to come!

Source: Dangjin cityhall blog (blog.naver.com/dangjin2030)

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