Korea Culture – Lunar New Year Day (설날)

In Korea, the first day of the lunar calender is known as the Lunar New Year Day (설날). In this year (2010), the Lunar New Year Day falls on February 14. On this day, Korean families will gather and celebrate together traditionally. One tradition observed on Lunar New Year celebration is the eating of rice cake soup (떡국). It is said that it will bring one longevity. While Korean families and relatives gather together to eat rice cake soup, they also make wishes for each other for better health in this new year.

Rice cake soup (떡국)

Other than eating rice cake soup, Korean buddhists will pay visit to the temple to make greetings to Buddha and to the Reverend of the temple. Some folk games which Koreans will do during Lunar New Year Day include playing shuttlecock with the feet and kite-flying.

(credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)

Gongjunim wishes all a Happy and Healthy Lunar New Year! ^^

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