설날/Seollal : Lunar New Years Day
Happy Seollal to All buzz KOREA Staff,Members & Fans !!
Seollal is Korean for Lunar New Years, the first day of the year in the lunar calendar.
This year Seollal falls on today, January 31, 2014. During the New Year’s holiday season; Koreans go back to their hometowns to visit their elders, relatives, and honor ancestors to wish them a Happy New Year or
새해 복 많이 받으세요 (Sae hae bok man hee bad eu sae yo).
Traditionally, Koreans would wear hanboks and perform ancestral rites, play folk games, eat traditional food, listen to folk stories, and just catch up with their loved ones. As a New Years Day ritual, the younger generation will do “Sae Bae” which is a deep bow to the floor in front of elders especially grandparents, as a sign of paying respect. Seh bae is also given to the deceased ancestors with food and drink offerings, also known as “Charae.” Depending on how traditional a family is, seh bae may just be done by children to the grownups starting with bows to the oldest living generation. In return, children receive envelopes of money and words of wisdom for the New Year.
After seh bae, the traditional New Year's meal is ddukguk (ricecake soup) must be consumed to grow one year older. Adults tell their children that they can't get older unless they've eaten their bowl of ddukgook. Koreans usually spend their New Year’s playing traditional outdoor games like kite flying or noltigi, Korean board games like yutnori (stick-tossing board game), singing songs, and going to festivals. It is a time to relax and enjoy a brand new start with the ones you love.