Happy Korean Lunar New Year!
새해 복 많이 받으세요 to all our Korean students and anyone else who celebrated the new lunar year!
Did you know?
- The Korean Lunar New Year celebration is called Seollal
- Seollal is more important to many Koreans than Sinjeong, the Solar New Year of the Gregorian/Western calendar
- Seollal is a time for paying respect to ancestors as well as catching up with family and friends
- During Seollal, many Koreans wear traditional clothes (a hanbok) and perform ancestral rites and traditional games
- The main food eaten at Seollal is Tteokguk (rice cake soup), and eating it is said to add a year to your age - some Koreans will ask "How many servings of tteokguk have you had?" as a way of asking how old someone is!
- 2013 is 'Gyesanyeon' or 'The Year of the Snake;' people born in Snake years are said to be ambitious, hard working and absolute perfectionists
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Published by: Concorde International
Monday 11th February 2013
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“Marilisa will be leaving Canterbury at the end of this week after a marvellous experience at Concorde and with the loving care of Mr and Mrs M. She is 1000% satisfied with the whole experience and the word is spreading around here. People are lining up for next year, so well done to all!
Homestay English Student, ITALY
“Dear Lovely Teacher “Jane”
You already know, I Love You.
If my English is improving, I owe this improvement to you.
Thank you very much
Have a nice holiday
See you new year!!”
Martin Góppert - GERMANY
“It is a great trust to deal with children, to be responsible not only for the lessons and entertainment, but for the life and well being of the students. We are happy that whenever problems happened they were always settled and the students together with their parents enjoyed the trips. Thank you once again for responsible attitude towards our work and constant help.”
Mr Valentin Shchukin, MOSCOW