Seollal, Korean New Year

I have always known Chinese New Year and their tradition since I was kid especially having studied in a Chinese school since Kinder, but since I’ve been into KPOP I became to know Seollal, Korea’s version of Chinese New Year.

Korean New Year, known as Seollal (설날), is the first day of the lunar calendar and this year, it is on January 23rd. It is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays, but Koreans also celebrate solar New Year’s Day on January 1 each year, following the Gregorian Calendar. Seollal is a tradition of thanks and giving.

If the Chinese have their Tikoy(sticky rice pudding/rice cake), Koreans also have TteokGuk, rice cake soup with no red pepper or fermented soybean paste.  It is usually garnished with thin julienned cooked eggs, marinated meat, and gim. It is believed to give luck in the forthcoming year and gain an additional year of life.

Through this video, let us find out more about Seollal, how the Koreans celebrate it, the history and the tradition.

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