Monday, February 20, 2012

SoNal- Korean Lunar New Year

I know I am a bit late with this. But better late than never. We had a great time celebrating with several families. We had lots of fun and lots of yummy Korean food! Our event even made the local news paper...
Korea uses a different calendar than the U.S.A. That’s why their New year is called the Lunar New Year, they have 2 New Years

Korean Lunar New Year
The Korean Lunar New Year is celebrated not just for starting a new year, but also for happiness and luck to be in ones life. This holiday is called Sonal in Korean and pronounced Soul– nol. You don’t only celebrate this holiday for luck and happiness it’s also celebrated to teach children to respect elders. To do this parents make their children bow to elders.

2012 Year of the Dragon
(made by my talented friend)

Korean Lunar New Year: Events
· This day is celebrated on the first day of the Lunar calendar, which changes each year.
· Eldest members of a family perform Charye a memorial ceremony.
· A hanbok is a traditional outfit worn by everyone.
· After eating rice cakes it’s considered truly the New Year.
· You can visit fortune tellers, museums, old villages, and old palaces on this special event.
· Children play games like Yutnori a board game played with sticks, Neolttwigi a Korean seesaw, and much more with their cousins.

Alaina and Dane
David not wanting his pic taken
Alivia in her Hanbok

Dane trying to sneak cookies

1 comment:

Melissa said...

LOVE those photos!! What a great celebration! Happy New Year!! Pretty cool to have 3 countries represented to celebrate the New Year next year!!

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