Celebrating Seollal- The Lunar New Year in South Korea

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Annyeonghaseyo!

Not even a week passed by after Valentine’s Day but we are already going to celebrate another big occasion: The Lunar New Year!

Lunar, or Chinese New Year in common, will be on the 19th of January this year. If you live in Asia, you must have seen all the Chinese ornaments, Lanterns, lion dances, and of course the Red Envelopes or “HongBao” in many places such as malls and streets.

Korea is also one of the country that celebrates Lunar New Year. They call it Seollal (설날).Seollal is the traditional Korean calendar’s most important holiday, along with the autumn harvest festival, Chuseok. More than just a holiday to mark the beginning of a new year, Seollal is truly a special occasion for Korean people. Not only is it a time for paying respect to ancestors, but it is also an opportunity to catch up with distant…

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