Korean New Year Holiday in South Korea in 2022

Korean New Year Holiday in South Korea in 2022

  How long until Korean New Year Holiday?
Korean New Year Holiday
  Dates of Korean New Year Holiday in South Korea
2023 Jan 21, Jan 22, Jan 23, Jan 24
South KoreaTue, Jan 24National Holiday (additional day)
South KoreaMon, Jan 23National Holiday (additional day)
South KoreaSun, Jan 22National Holiday
South KoreaSat, Jan 21National Holiday (additional day)
2022 Jan 31, Feb 1, Feb 2
South KoreaWed, Feb 2National Holiday (additional day)
South KoreaTue, Feb 1National Holiday
South KoreaMon, Jan 31National Holiday (additional day)
2021 Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13, Feb 14
South KoreaSun, Feb 14National Holiday (additional day)
South KoreaSat, Feb 13National Holiday (additional day)
South KoreaFri, Feb 12National Holiday
South KoreaThu, Feb 11National Holiday (additional day)
2020 Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26
South KoreaSun, Jan 26National Holiday (additional day)
South KoreaSat, Jan 25National Holiday
South KoreaFri, Jan 24National Holiday (additional day)
2019 Feb 4, Feb 5, Feb 6
South KoreaWed, Feb 6National Holiday (additional day)
South KoreaTue, Feb 5National Holiday
South KoreaMon, Feb 4National Holiday (additional day)

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

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  Korean New Year Holiday in other countries
Korean New Year Holiday internationally
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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. It is customary and may be required under collective bargaining agreements for South Korean businesses to close for the lunar new year.

In South Korea, the festival centres 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.

Tteokguk can be served in a clear broth or heavy broth depending on what region in Korea you are in. Towns and villages close to the ocean make it as a clear broth since they mainly use seafood when making the broth, while in inland regions the broth is heavier as cow bones are used, as seafood is not readily available.

New Year's Eve

Celebrations on New Year's Eve in Korea are similar to the western traditions such as parties and fireworks. A recent tradition is 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.

A historic festival and a modern holiday

Even though Seollal is a traditional Korean festival that dates back many centuries, it didn’t become an officially recognised holiday in South Korea until 1985.

Under Japanese imperialist rule from 1895 to 1945, Lunar New Year was banned as it was deemed a morally and economically wasteful holiday. It still remained a popular holiday and as South Korea shifted from a military dictatorship towards a more democratic society in the 1980s, mounting pressure from the public to have official holidays and relax the country’s tiring work culture led to the holiday being added to the federal calendar as a three-day period.

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