When is Korean New Year?
Known as Seollal, Korean New Year is the first day of the lunar Korean calendar.
It is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays. It consists of a period of celebrations, starting on New Year's Day.
The Korean New Year holidays last three days.
in South Korea, the festival centers on family reunions, food and placating the ancestors.
During the New Year festivities it is common for adults to wear the colourful traditional costume, the Hanbok. Traditional women's hanbok consists of a blouse shirt or a jacket and chima, a wrap-around skirt, which is usually worn full. Men's hanbok consists of a shirt and baji which means pants in Korea.
The soup that takes a year to eat
Tteokguk is a traditional Korean food that is customarily eaten for the New Year. The dish is a soup with thinly sliced rice cakes. According to tradition the Korean New Year is similar to a birthday for Koreans, and having Tteokguk is part of the birthday celebration. Once you finish eating your Tteokguk, you are one year older.
New Year's Eve
Celebrations on New Year's Eve in Korea would be similiar to the western traditions such as parties and fireworks. A recent tradition is the the ringing of the historic Boshingak Bell. The bell was originally constructed in 1396 and is now only rung on Lunar New Year. Another New Year's eve custom is playing Yunnori, a traditional board game.