Korean New Year Holidays

Friday January 27 is the start of the Korean New Year Holidays which will last to Monday January 30. The celebration of Seollal (Korean New Year) takes 3 days ~ the day before, Seollal and the day after ~ and a lot of preparations before the actual celebration.

Kim Seung Yoo (Park Si Hoo)

Edited by Wilma (Peris)

The primary purpose of Seollal is to pay respect to ancestors, but it has also become a mechanism of keeping families together. Due to work, school, marriage and other obligations parents and siblings have drift apart. Seollal brings the family back together for a time of respect and
happiness.

First day people are returning to their hometown. As a consequence traffic is congested and public transportation very crowded. Tickets have to be bought and reservations have to be made in advance.

Other preparations for the celebrations are buying gifts as well as food for the meals and ancestral rites.

The following video gives a view of how Seollal is celebrated in Korea. Enjoy!


Credit: GatewayToKorea@youtube.com, thank you!

Source: publicholidays, thank you!

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Korean New Year Holidays — 10 Comments

  1. Seollal, Lunar New Year for Koreans, being the most celebrated national holiday in Korea, is a special occasion for Korean people to celebrate their ancestors and a good opportunity to catch up with family members.
    Every year is represented by one of the 12 zodiac signs, which take the form of twelve guardian animal deities, called “Sibijisin”. These signs change with every year, rotating over a 12 year cycle.
    For a fun activity,at the beginnig of each year, people analyze the relationaship between their birth year zodiac and the New Year ‘s sign to find out their fortune. For 2017 the New Year sign is the Red Rooster.
    So ,I’ve done this for PSH and I’ve learned that PSH is Horse , after his Birth Year Zodiac and 2017 will be for him an auspicious year with favourable fortune. He will be in a dominant position in all aspects and will achieve a lot in both career and wealth. He will find a well-matched partener, being emotionally loyal. His health will be good and will not suffer serious diseases. The Rooster Year will be better than the last one of Monkey for him.
    HAPPY SEOLLAL PARK SI HOO! HAVE A HEALTHY, LUCKY, PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

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  3. PARK SI HOO HAVE A HAPPY SEOLLAL WITH YOUR BELOVED ONES!

    MAY NEW YEAR OF THE RED ROOSTER BRING YOU GOOD HEALTH, LUCK,
    HAPPINESS, SUCCESS AND MUCH LOVE FROM YOUR FANS!

    HAPPY NEW LUNAR YEAR FOR ALL OF YOU MY DEAR SISTERS!

  4. Hello Wilma,
    Happy Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster for you too and for everyone who celebrate!
    You made a very beautiful greetings card. Everything seems to be a bright emerald, symbol of eternal youth.

    • Thank you Dana! 🙂 Really? I never choose on purpose. Always let me lead from the inside and see what the end result will be! Then this one suits PSH very well!

      Happy Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster to you too! 😀

  5. Wilma, thanks so much for posting this gorgeous photo of PSH in his hanbok. He really looks good in hanbok. Honestly, I like this photo many times more than PSH’s Enishi cover photo.

    PSH is many times more good looking without any heavy make-up. Of all the photos posted, this one is the best! A million thanks!

    • You’re welcome D Lee! I know you like PSH without (heavy) make-up more. So do I, but after a long period I have get used to his stage and photo shoot look!

      Have a nice Sunday!

  6. Seollal is similar to Chinese New Year. The only difference lies in the duration of the celebration. Seollal is celebrated over a period of three days (as mentioned above in your write-up) while Chinese New Year is celebrated over a period of 15 days.The purpose is the same on the whole. For the Chinese, there is an additional purpose, which is praying to the household and temple deities for a good harvest, for good health and good luck and other good tidings bestowed upon the family.