Here comes Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)…

13 September 2019 is Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) in South Korea and this is one of the important traditional festivals for Koreans. I have talked about the Chuseok gifts that Koreans may buy in the blog post dated 2 February 2015.  Let’s talk about some more interesting customs about the Korean Chuseok in this blog post. 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