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#1 Korean Traditional Festival: Seollal (Lunar New Year)

Updated: May 29, 2023

If New year's day and Christmas are the two most celebrated holidays in western countries, Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year) and Chuseok are the two most celebrated traditional festivals in Korea.

Both Seollal and Chuseok are national holidays and people will have time off from their work or school to celebrate. They are also a time for families to come together, express gratitude, and honor their ancestors.

Today let's learn about Seollal!

Seollal | Korean Lunar New Year (설날)

Seollal is a traditional Korean holiday that is also known as the Korean New Year.

It is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar, which typically falls between January and early February of the solar calendar.

It is a time for families to gather, give thanks and pay respects to their ancestors. During this time, people typically perform traditional rituals, such as bowing to their ancestors and making offerings of food.

On Seollal, they make and eat traditional Korean foods and participate in activities such as singing, dancing, and playing their traditional games.

Tteokguk (rice cake soup) is a traditional food commonly eaten on Seollal.

(Simply click the photo to learn the recipe)

Korean seollal Tteokguk

Additionally, people usually wear traditional Korean clothing and give New Year's greetings to the elders, and visit ancestral graves.

It is a time for people to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year.

Also, this is the day when you say Happy New Year in Korean!


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