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Also known as “Seollal,” Korean New Year is a major holiday in South Korea. It’s a time for families to come together, perform traditional ceremonies, gift giving, and is also a time for people to pay tribute to their ancestors and elders by bowing and offering gifts. It’s a festive and meaningful holiday that’s an important part of Korean culture.

History of Korean New Year

Seollal is a traditional holiday that has been celebrated in South Korea for thousands of years. It marks the start of the lunar calendar and is an opportunity for people to come together with their families, pay respects to their ancestors, and celebrate the new year.

An important holiday in South Korea, Seollal is typically celebrated with a variety of traditions and rituals, which can include the performance of traditional music and dance, the exchange of gifts, and the playing of games. One popular game that is often played during Seollal is Yut Nori, which is similar to the board game Parcheesi.

How to Celebrate Korean New Year

Seollal is primarily celebrated in South Korea, although it is also observed by people of Korean descent around the world. If you’re interested in celebrating, there are several ways you can get involved:

Attend a Korean New Year celebration

Many cities and towns host celebrations of Seollal, which include traditional dance and music performances, food and craft vendors, and games and activities. Attending one of these events is a great way to learn more about the holiday and experience the festive atmosphere.

Host a Korean New Year party

If you have friends or family members who are interested in celebrating Seollal, consider hosting a party at your home. You could serve Korean food, decorate with traditional Korean decorations, and play games like Yut.

Learn about Korean culture

Seollal is a great time to learn more about Korean culture and traditions. You could read about Korean history, try your hand at Korean cooking, or learn some basic Korean phrases.


Many community groups host events and activities to celebrate Seollal. You could volunteer your time to help out with these events, or consider making a donation to support their efforts.

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