Seollal or Korean Lunar New Year: Significance, Traditions, Rituals, Food and Games


Seollal or Korean Lunar New Year is the bubbly day praising the principal day in the Lunar Calendar. It is quite possibly the main conventional Korean occasion. The festival for the most part endures three days: the day preceding Korean New Year, Korean New Year itself, and the day after Korean New Year.

During nowadays, many return to the places where they grew up to perform familial ceremonies, eat delightful food, wear conventional Korean outfits or ‘hanbok’ and play society games to conjure wistfulness.웹툰사이트

Seollal by and large happens in January or February on the second new moon after the colder time of year solstice, except if there is an intercalary 11th or twelfth month leading the pack up to the New Year. In such a case, the New Year falls on the third new moon after the solstice. In 2022, Seollal falls on February 1. Contrasted with Chuseok, Seollal conveys more significance as it is treated as a vacation to enjoy with their relatives in their old neighborhood.

Numerous Koreans make a trip from abroad to visit their families for this yearly occasion. Since it is one of a handful of the times families might have the option to get together and get up to speed with each other’s lives, it is thought of as deferential and critical to go to the occasion. Regularly, the relatives first visit the older folks, and this incorporates the grandparents and the guardians. It is additionally thought to be conscious for individuals to visit their moms and fathers-in-regulation during the Korean New Year.

Quite possibly the main custom performed during this promising event is called ‘charye’. Charye includes the arrangement of food by female family members and the serving of food to precursors by male family members. Then, at that point, the family gets together for a function called ‘eumbok’ where they eat the food favored by the precursors, permitting them to begin the new year with numerous endowments and success.

However the food arranged for the service of charye contrasts by area, the most widely recognized assortments are rice, soup, meat, fish, alcohol, products of the soil. Another extremely normal dish is ‘ddeokguk’ or rice cake soup which, however eaten consistently, conveys exceptional importance on Seollal. In South Korea, the unmistakable stock and white rice cakes of tteokguk are accepted to represent beginning the year with a perfect brain and body.

Another significant custom that is followed is called ‘sebae’. It is the demonstration of bowing on the ground and bowing profoundly with the goal that your hands are likewise on the ground. More youthful individuals should bow profoundly to their seniors and wish them a cheerful new year.

This profound customary bow connotes regard. While playing out the custom, one should wear ‘hanbok’. After sebae, the kids get ‘sebaetdon’ or New Year’s cash as a gift from their elderly folks. Introduced in a lovely and vivid pocket, the gift has profound significance for South Koreans.

Numerous customary games are related with the Korean New Year. The conventional family prepackaged game ‘Yutnori’ stays a well known game, particularly during Korean New Year. It is played utilizing a bunch of uniquely planned sticks and is thought of as proper for all ages and sexual orientations.

The game is played by tossing four sticks and moving your game markers around the board contingent upon the quantity of up-confronting sticks. Each group has four markers and the principal group to get every one of the four of their markers around the board wins.

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