Hansik (Korean Food) Series -Korean Table Manners

Every culture has its own rules relating to table manners and the Korean culture is no exception.  In order not to upset the Koreans who dine with you, you should familiarize yourself with the Korean table manners.  In this blog post, I will talk about some interesting Korean table manners which may be quite different from the other cultures to help you avoid culture shock when dining with your Korean friends. Continue reading

How do the Koreans celebrate Jeongwol Daeboreum (Great Full Moon Festival)?

I have received requests for writing more on Lunar New Year-related rituals and events.  As 11 February 2017 is the day of Jeongwol Daeboreum (정월 대보름) (Great Full Moon Festival), in this blog post I will talk about some interesting rituals relating to Jeongwol Daeboreum and celebration events in which both Koreans and foreigners can participate in South Korea.

Do you know you can sell your heat to the others on Jeongwol Daeboreum in South Korea? “Jeongwol” (정월) literally means “first lunar month” and “Daeboreum” (대보름) literally means “great full moon”. Continue reading

How do the Koreans celebrate Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day)?

25 January 2020 is Seollal (설날 – the Lunar New Year’s Day), which is one of the important festivals in South Korea.  Seollal falls on the 1st day of the 1st month of the lunar calendar and family members and relatives get together to celebrate.  So, how do the Koreans celebrate Seollal?  There are many interesting rituals and I will talk about some of them and the reasons behind in this blog post.  I will also introduce the cultural activities to be held in South Korea (mainly Seoul) for both locals and foreigners during the Seollal holiday period. Continue reading

Happy New Year! – How do the Koreans welcome the New Year?

In English, we say, “Happy New Year!”   In Korean, we say, “새해 복 많이 받으세요.” – literally, it means, “Please receive a lot of luck or blessings in the New Year”.   If you wish to know how to pronounce it, please click the link to the Youtube video below: Continue reading