Tuesday, February 17, 2015

[Yakson House] Korean Traditional day "Seoullal"

Hi, Everyone

In Korea, Everyone is busy getting ready to go home for Big holiday. 

It's because Korean New Year is one day away from today.

It is called "Seoullal" 

It is generally the same day as "Chinese New Year". 

Korean New Year's celebrations begin with everyone wearing traditional dress. Since the 

Korean focus is starting the New year by reconnecting with family and ancestors. 

Since the Korean focus is starting the New Year by reconnecting with family and 

ancestors, the most ceremonial ritual on New Year's Day is Seb Bae.

Traditionally, families would begin by doing seh bae to deceased ancestors and making 

food and drink offerings to the spirits of ancestors (charae).

After Seh Bae, the traditional New Year's meal is a soup of thinly sliced rice cakes 

(duk gook) or a variation with dumplings. Because everyone turns a year older with the 

start of each New Year (and not on their birthday), many people tell their children that 

they can't get older unless they've eaten some duk - gook. 

Following the breakfast or lunchtime meal of duk gook, it's time for a more casual family 

time. "Family time" obviously varies by family, and could mean traditional outdoor games 

like kite flying or noltigi,Korean board games like yutnori (a board game that involves 

stick-tossing), younger generations playing video or board games together, karaoke, or 

just conversation and relaxation. If family members are not all gathering in one place, 

then, it also customary for the younger generations to visit older uncles, aunts, and 

relatvies that live close enough to seh bae and give well wishes for the New Year. 

I hope everyone spends wonderful holiday and quality time with your family. 

Happy new year! 

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