Koreans celebrate Ipchun (입춘/立春) on February 4th this year. The traditional East Asian Calendar calendars divide a year into 24 jeolki (절기/節氣) or solar terms. Ipchun is the first jeolki which marks the arrival of spring.
A handwritten poster of greetings is usually pasted on the doors during Ipchun. The posters are known as “Ipchuncheop (입춘첩/立春帖)” in Korean. Common phrases used are “立春大吉 (입춘대길/ip-chun-dae-gil)”, and “建陽多慶 (건양다경/geon-yang-da-gyeong)”.
Although this day marks the first day of Spring, most areas of Korea is brutally cold due to cold wave. The nation’s capital was at -14 °C in the morning. Seoul is under cold wave advisory. Other cities of Korea reached below 0°C.
This can be describe with the Korean phrase “‘춘래불사춘(春來不似春)’, which means despite the arrival of spring, the weather remain cold.
Stay warm if you are currently in Korea!