Seollal, Korean Lunar New Year!
New Year's Day is a representative Korean holiday along with Chuseok, which falls on January 1 of the lunar calendar. also called seol In modern Korea, New Year's Day is mostly celebrated on New Year's Day, January 1 of the Gregorian calendar, and the traditional holiday celebration of family and relatives is celebrated on Lunar New Year's Day.
On New Year's Day, it is a custom unique to the Korean people to pay ancestral rites to ancestors and pay tribute to relatives and elders in the neighborhood. It is said that if you go to sleep the previous night, your eyebrows will turn white, so some stay up all night.
After performing the ancestral rites and bowing, they enjoyed this day by playing various folk games such as yutnori, neolttwigi, and kite flying.
Depending on the family's religion or family customs, it may be different, but usually, on the morning of New Year's Day, traditionally celebrate ancestral rites and eat tteokguk. Eating tteokguk on New Year's Day means getting older by one year.
After performing the ancestral rite, a three-fold bow is performed for relatives and neighbors. Sebae has the meaning of expressing gratitude to elders and wishing them good health. Elderly people who received three times give money or good wishes to their subordinates in return.
On New Year's Day, men, women, old people, young people, and children alike wake up early, wash their faces, and change into new clothes. New Year's Day is prepared with colorful clothes before New Year's Eve and is usually worn until the full moon.
Myungja Anna Koh