Eugene Cho

happy new year – again?!

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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!

Filed under: asian-american, culture, family

6 Responses

  1. Esther says:

    We celebrated the New Year with over 150 friends (co-workers, prayer supporters, students, families with children, young and old, they came in groups of 25, all day round) We bowed to each other and had a real good time sharing, eating, looking at old photos and praising the Lord for His goodness and grace. It is wonderful to belong to God’s family.

  2. David Park says:

    sae hae bohk mahn ee bahd eu sae yo!~

  3. elderj says:

    yeah… what david said

  4. linda k. says:

    i had duhk-gook for breakfast and lunch, then more pieces of duhk smothered in sesame oil and injected with sugar after dinner. clearly, this is one of my favorite foods. it was a gluttonously glutinous day.

    i really like the hanboks your kids were wearing — trendy, traditional, and contemporary. when i was that age mine was just way overly coloful and embellished, i probably blinded everyone around me.

  5. gar says:

    happy new year… or as Cantonese people like to say… “sun nin fai lok!” =)

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I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
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It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

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