Wonder what do Koreans do on Seollal?
In Korea, we say “새해 복 많이 받으세요” on both New Year’s Day (1st Jan the usual Solar Calendar) and 설날 Seollal (1st Jan Lunar Calendar).
So, what do Koreans do on Seollal? Actually, traditionally it’s supposed to be somewhat similar to the Chinese, in the sense that they prepare for a feast with lots of meat and yummy dishes and eat with family. However, nowadays, when you ask young Koreans, what do they do on Seollal, they would say it’s just visiting their parents and spending some time with them. In terms of the meaning of “Reunion”, it’s definitely of a lesser scale than compared to the Chinese. And there’s a reason for that. Because the “reunion bit” is more of an issue during the Chuseok 추석 holidays in Fall!
Nothing will be open on the Seollal holidays, absolutely nothing, save for convenience stores. The girlfriend told me it’s like a ghost town, some what reminiscent of a post zombie apocalypse.
If you’re going to Korea soon on these days, do take note to pack some ramyeon or pray you’d be invited to enjoy the holidays with a Korean host!
Happy Seollal! 새해 복 많이 받으세요!