Happy Korean Lunar New Year!

Korean New Year 2013

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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