New year in South Korea
Koreans with a special thrill each the holiday and try to make it beautiful, bright and fun. South Korea — this is a country where holidays are valued and are able to carry out nicely. Not surprisingly, traditional for the country of morning freshness Oriental New year, in the process of globalization has added another Western winter celebrations.
New year in South Korea is celebrated twice — first on the solar calendar (i.e. in the night of 31 December to 1 January) and then lunar (usually in February). But if the “Western” New year in the land of morning calm has no symbolic load, the traditional New year according to the lunar calendar in South Korea is of special importance.
New year in Korea begins with a Catholic Christmas. As in Europe, Koreans dress up a Christmas tree, and prepare a variety of cards and gifts for family, relatives, friends and colleagues. It should be noted that Christmas celebrations in South Korea are even brighter than the calendar New year which is celebrated very formally. These days in the land of morning calm are perceived more as a rare weekend than festive. Therefore, all eager to escape to his hometown to visit his parents or just relax outside the city, for example, in the mountains. By the way, even there is an interesting mountain route which allows you to meet the first day of the new year on top of the Seorak mountains in and around Seoul.
The real New year in South Korea occurs according to the lunar calendar and is also called “Chinese New year”, as it spread throughout Asia from China. This holiday — the most beloved and important people in the Country of morning freshness. New year on the lunar calendar — it is also the longest holiday in South Korea. Festivals and celebrations continue for 15 days.
The main Christmas tradition Korea — a gala dinner, which is usually carried out in the family circle. According to legends, a festive night at the table is present spirits of ancestors, who are considered full participants in the celebration, so the table should be as many dishes of traditional Korean cuisine. There is also a feast day in Shallal — the first day of the new year. All the relatives are going to richly laid table to congratulate each other, discuss current Affairs and future plans.
The following days after the New lunar year in South Korea, people visit their relatives and friends, to congratulate and give gifts. Moreover, according to Korean tradition on the first day of the new year it is necessary to perform the rite “SEB” — the solemn worship of parents and all seniors. The entire first day of the new year young people visits older bows and beats three times in a row, falling to his knees and putting his forehead to folded in front of him in a certain way. In return, the elders give children traditional Korean sweets and money.
However, the New lunar year in South Korea — it’s not only family, but also a national holiday. For 15 days, the country held street processions, traditional mass celebrations with costumed dances and masquerades. Such a great show does not leave indifferent neither the Koreans nor many tourists.