yes, happy new year to each of you – again! today is the celebration of lunar new year. many folks know it in the states as ‘chinese new year’ but many other asian people, including Koreans, also celebrate this day. while most have adopted january 1 as new year’s day in order to celebrate with the larger world, they still maintain a deep appreciation and celebration of the Lunar New Year or Sollnal (in Korean). sollnal (korean new year) and chusok (thanksgiving) are the two most significant holidays in the korean culture.
so, happy new year to each of you from our family. the video (and short post) below was something we posted to mark the western celebration several weeks ago. may this year be filled with mystery, surprises, blessings, and much joy.
on the first day of the year, we eat a traditional dish called ’duhk-gook’(korean rice stew). most korean families begin the new year with this meal. we also had some friends over to play ‘yut nori.’ unfortunately, the ladies crushes the men. and lastly, we called our elders to wish them a happy new years. now that we’re parents, our children changed into their traditional korean clothing to pay their respects to us. in return, elders give each child a word of encouragement and wisdom and some cash as a gift. usually, our parents are with us during the holidays so we would also bow to them. thanks to modern technology, minhee, the kids, and i were able to bow and pay our respects to our parents via the webcam and skype program.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!