new year celebration in korea

what people do why

food they eat why

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  • 7 years ago
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    Korean New Year is typically a family holiday. The three-day holiday is used by many to return to their hometowns to visit their parents and other relatives, where they perform an ancestral ritual called charye. Many Koreans dress up in colorful traditional Korean clothing called hanbok. But nowadays, small families tend to become less formal and wear other formal clothing instead of hanbok.

    Another custom observed is the lighting of a "moon house" built out of burnable firewood and branches. This symbolizes the warding off of bad/evil spirits for the new year. Many also choose to add wishes they want come true in the next year to the moon house

    New Year food


    The tteokguk (soup with sliced rice cakes) is a traditional Korean food that is customarily eaten for the New Year. According to Korean age reckoning, the Korean New Year is similar to a birthday for Koreans, and eating tteokguk is part of the birthday celebration. Once you finish eating your tteokguk, you are one year older.

    On the Korean New Year day, people prepare a lot of food and spend much of the day eating. They entertain visitors who come to visit, and bow to elders, for New Years and celebrate with food. People binge on tteokguk prepared for this occasion.

    Folk games

    Many traditional games are associated with the Korean New Year. The traditional family board game yunnori is still a popular game nowadays, especially during Korean New Year. It is played using different types of specially designed sticks. Traditionally men and boys would fly rectangle kites called Yeon (연, see yeonnalligi), and play jegichagi, a game in which a light object is wrapped in paper or cloth, and then kicked in a footbag like manner. Korean women and girls would have traditionally played neolttwigi, a game of jumping on a seesaw (시소), and gongginori, game played with five little gonggi (originally a little stone, but today many b

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  • 7 years ago

    Your question is too simplified that I am not sure what kind of answers do you want. But usually Korean has Lunar New Year (is Lunar New Year is the one you ask for?) and they will celebrate it because it is a festival of people getting together once a year as well as we do in China or Hong Kong.

    In Korea, they will eat korean rice cake (白色一塊塊細片年糕). they will also give out red pocket money, but a bit difference with Southern China, we usually receive red pocket if we are not yet marry and give out red pocket to the youngers after married, in Korea, people who are workers will give out red pocket money only to children or to those who are not yet come out for work in the society.

    Hope that helps you!

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