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.
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
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!
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