If you’re a Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese or Mongolian, you’ll be probably celebrating the Lunar New Year.
So how do Koreans celebrate this family-oriented festival which Koreans call it “Seollal (설날)”?
Charye (차례) and Sebae (세배)
Koreans will wear their their Hanbok (한복) for Seollal. Koreans begin the festival by performing Charye (차례) which is an ancestor ritual. Next, they will greet their elders by doing a deep bow known as Sebae (세배). The greeting words will usually be “새해 복 많이 받으세요 se-hae bok manhi-ba-deu-se-yo” which literally means “Please receive abundant happiness in the new year”. The elders in return will give the children with Sebaedon (세뱃돈) which is New Year’s money.
Tteokguk (떡국) is a Korean dish that is eaten during the morning of Seollal (설날). It is rice cake soup and topped with sliced egg white/egg yolk, meat and seaweed (kim). I made tteokmanduguk this morning which is tteokguk with added mandu (dumplings). Diffrent snacks and sweetened rice cakes called Tteok (떡) are also eaten.
Yutnori (윷놀이) and Go Stop (고스톱) are played during Seollal.
Korea Plaza recently organized a Seollal celebration event and guests got to tried out the traditional Korean games, tried out Hanbok, eat tteok and had a taste of Sikhye (식혜) and Sujeonggwa (수정과).
So did you celebrate Lunar New Year? How did you celebrate?