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Lunar New Year’s Day & Valentine’s Day

Happy New Year!

What? No, it’s “Happy Valentine Day!”

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Well.. Actually, it’s New year’s day in Korea. How could be? Because we used to use lunar calendar, but now, all the people in the world use solar calendar. It means that we had our own New Year’s Day.  Accidentally, this lunar New Year’s Day is also the Valentine’s Day! What a Coincidence! Anyway, so I think many people might not be able to give chocolate to someone. Also I don’t think there are many people who care about this Valentine’s Day, because on New Year’s Day, every family gathers!

 Of course it’s one of the ethnically important events, people give presents each other, and wish their health being good.

←These photos represent deparment’s situation, consumers buy New Year’s Day presents. As every year, the most popular gifts are healthy food like ginseng juice, black garlics and so on.

Not only healthy food, as a gift, but also daily necessities like soaps, shampoos and tooth pastes are popular, too.

Especially in Korea, there’s a district gift, which is a gift set composed of Ham, Cooking Oil, Canned Tuna or something else. That might be quite strange to foreigners. Hehe, but it’s really popular!

NEW YEAR’S DAY is really important to Teenagers! Because We can Get Money!

Of course you don’t understand what I mean. On New Year’s Day, young people bow to elder people for wishing their health, love and luck. Then we’ll be heard some good sayings from eler people as reponds of bow. Finally We get the money as a respond. It’s called “Saebaetdon(세뱃돈)”, New Year’s cash gifts given to younger ones after receiving bows from them. Don’t you think we should bow to someone on New Year’s Day?! Haha just kidding.

Have a Nice Lunar New Year’s Day & Valentine’s Day♥


Let’s Bow on New Year’s Day in Korean Style

How do you celebrate New Year’s Day traditionally?

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In Korea, there is Korean Bow which we do on New Year’s Day, Chu-suk(Korean Thanksgiving day) or just when we meet older people like grandparents. This is the video which let you know how to bow on New Year’s Day made by Hyunwoo Sun!

Do you know “Jesa”? Korean Ritual for Ancestors!

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Koreans do “Jesa” when New years and Chuseok(Korean Thanksgiving day) come or the day of ancestors’  deaths come. This ritual is very traditional event in Korea, and it’s really important. 29th of December, yesterday, was the anniversary of my grandfather’s death. So we did a small-size of Jesa. Actually New Year’s day is coming and it’s too late to have a formal event on weekdays, we couldn’t help to having a small-size of Jesa T^T.

Even though it was the small-size of Jesa, every Jesa has the Rule to arrange foods. Firstly, 紅東白西(Hong-Dong-Baek-Seo) means Red one is on the east-side, White one is on the west-side.

And these foods are set in the first line. From left side, Jujubes, Chestnuts, dried-Persimmons, Apples and Pears. It’s the essential set of First line. Then in other lines, there are some meats or fish, Rice cakes and “Buchimgae”s(a fried food)!

Of course there’s a set order to do the Jesa. As the order, we do the ritual and burn the paper which is above this sentence. And turn off the fire on the small candle (you can see it above this sentence, too!)

If you have any questions, Feel free to comment please! 🙂