Korean New Year

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Korean New Year
Korean New Year
People wearing hanbok and playing yut.
Also calledSeollal
Observed byKorean people around the world
TypeCultural
SignificanceFirst day of the Korean calendar
DateTypically the second new moon after the winter solstice
2019 dateFebruary 5
2020 dateJanuary 25
Related toChinese New Year, Japanese New Year, Mongolian New Year, Tibetan New Year, Vietnamese New Year

Korean New Year (Hangul: 설날; RR: Seollal; MR: Sŏllal) is the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. It is one of the most important traditional Korean holidays.[1] The celebration usually lasts three days: the day before Korean New Year, Korean New Year itself, and the day after Korean New Year. During this time, many Koreans visit family, perform ancestral rites, wear hanbok(한복), eat traditional food, and play folk games. Additionally, children often receive money from their elders after performing a formal bow.

Korean New Year generally occurs in January or February on the second new moon after the winter solstice, unless there is a intercalary eleventh or twelfth month in the lead-up to the New Year. In such a case, the New Year falls on the third new moon after the solstice.[2] Korean New Year typically falls on the same day as Chinese New Year.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Encyclopedia of Korean Seasonal Customs. The National Folk Museum of Korea (South Korea). 2014. pp. 30–46. ISBN 8992128924.
  2. Crump, William D. (2014). Encyclopedia of New Year’s Holidays Worldwide. McFarland. pp. 134–135. ISBN 1476607486.
  3. Turner, Barry, ed. (2016). The Statesman's Yearbook 2015: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World. Springer. p. 756. ISBN 1349672785.