Korean New Year 2018 is widely known on the 16th of February, 2018, Friday and is an annual pageant in Korea having its personal specialities and rituals. It is widely known on the primary day of the Korean Lunar Calendar and doesn’t match with the New Year date as celebrated in accordance with the Gregorian calendar and the entire of Korea involves be united on the eve of New Year to welcome the upcoming year amidst nice pomp and splendour.
- THE DATE OF THE KOREAN NEW YEAR
The date of the New Year varies every year in accordance with the lunar actions and customarily falls on the day when there’s a new moon for the second time simply after the winter solstice. In very uncommon events, it may well fall on the day of the third moon simply after the solstice however owing to its rarity, such an event will seem subsequent not earlier than 2033.
It additionally falls on the identical day because the Chinese New Year till and except it falls between Korean midnight and Chinese midnight. This too is a really uncommon occasion occurring as soon as in 24 years when the Korean New Year can be on the day following Chinese New Year. Koreans observe a zodiac which is kind of just like the Chinese one with 12 animals representing 12 years with the rat/mouse being the primary animal. In the year 2018, this year is alleged to be represented by the canine having its zodiac animal traits because the spotlight factors of the year.
- TRADITIONAL FOOD PREPARED FOR THE NEW YEAR
Tteokguk: This is a standard meals of the Koreans that they devour specifically on the event of New Year and is usually describe as soup with sliced rice muffins. According to Korean History, the Korean New Year is taken into account to be equal to birthdays of Koreans and consuming this customary dish is part of the birthday celebrations. It’s believed that when you end consuming your tteokguk, you at the moment are one year older. There are loads of different dishes ready on this present day and far time is spent with household.
Jeon: This conventional Korean dish, often known as ‘buchimgae’ is especially eaten on the New Year’s Day. As the dish is a savory pancake, it will be anticipated that it ought to be sliced with a knife and served. But Koreans rip it aside with the assistance of chop sticks as they consider it makes the style higher.
This is a practice of worshiping the elders that’s adopted on the day of Korean New Year each year. On this present day, the kids of Korea costume up of their conventional apparel and wish their elders together with their grandparents, dad and mom, aunts, uncles and so forth. a happy new year by saying the phrases ‘saehae bok mani badeuseyo’ which interprets to wishing for the opposite individual to obtain luck on the event of New Year.
They additionally take pleasure in performing deep, intense customary bows whereas bowing greater than as soon as is often completed for the deceased. Elders reward the kids with ‘New Year’s cash which consists of crisp paper notes in silk baggage which have conventional touches of the Korean tradition. Elders additionally impart phrases of knowledge to the youthful generations. Parents lovingly give out rice muffins and fruits among the many kids.
- CUSTOMS OF KOREAN NEW YEAR
The Korean New Year is actually a household vacation that’s celebrated on a span of three days and is often known as ‘Seollal’. This three-day vacation consisting of the day earlier than, the day itself and the day after is usually marked as an event for folks to return to their hometowns to unite with their close to and pricey ones, typically even ones coming from overseas. This vacation is taken into account to be respectful to be attended and folks first go to their elders like grandparents and fogeys and in legal guidelines.
During this time, items are exchanged among the many relations and new garments are worn. Many conventional dishes are ready throughout this time and meals costs attain wonderful heights. Thus, the federal government has now began taking measures to extend meals manufacturing throughout this time to satisfy the elevated demand. On the primary morning of the three day affair, Korean folks pay their reverence to their ancestors by inserting conventional meals on a desk and together with imparting deep bows, everybody prays for the well-being of the household.
Many of the Koreans want to don their colourful conventional apparel often called the ‘hanbok’ and after the rituals are accomplished, all of the family members take pleasure in a luxurious feast. Another customized popularly adopted throughout this time is the burning of what’s referred to as the ‘moon house’ which is constructed utilizing burnable tree branches and firewood. This act symbolizes the holding away of evil/dangerous spirits and wishes are additionally made for the New Year whereas the home is burned.
- FOLK GAMES PLAYED DURING THE NEW YEAR
The Korean New Year is related to a variety of conventional video games. One of the preferred household board video games, the ‘yutnori’ is very performed on this event. It’s performed with a pack of specifically designed sticks and is ideal for all ages and genders. It’s a practice for the Korean boys and males to fly rectangle kites often called ‘Yeon’ and likewise play a recreation often called ‘jegichagi’. It’s a recreation the place any gentle object is roofed up in a bit of fabric or paper after which it’s hustled round in a soccer like method.
The ladies and ladies of the Korean group play the normal recreation of ‘neolttwigi’ which is sort of a recreation of leaping on the seesaw. They additionally play a recreation often called ‘gongginori’ which is playng utilizing 5 ‘gonggi’ which truly means little stones. Another of the evry fashionable conventional video games performed by the kids is that of high spinning. Nowadays, adults have began changing the sport ‘hwatu’ with the trendy recreation of Go-Stop.