“Seollal” known as Lunar New Year in Australia is one of the most celebrated national holidays in Korea along with Chuseok.
In this sense, Korean people are quite offended with the term “Chinese New Year” widely used in Australia.
Rather, they are of a strong view that Lunar New Year is the most proper description of the occasion as it has been celebrated by the both countries including some other Asian countries.
In this sense, the Korean communities in Australia have been campaigning for the proper designation of the terms.
Seollal usually lasts for 3 days in Korea: the day of, the day before, and the day after. This year (2018), Seollal falls on 16th of February.
Seollal is more than just a holiday to mark the beginning of the New Year. Seollal is truly a special occasion for Korean people.
Not only is it a time for paying respect to ancestors, but also an opportunity to catch up with other family members and old friends at hometown.
Then it is not unusual to see people in beautiful Hanbok (traditional costume, the top image) performing ancestral rites or playing folk games, to eat delicious traditional foods, and to hear stories and chatters well into the night.
Food during Seollal is taken very seriously. Families spend the entire day before Seollal preparing food to be used as offering to ancestors as well as to be served to the family members.
The most representative food is Tteokguk (rice cake soup) other include Galbi Jjim (braised short ribs), Japchae, and Jeon(Korean pancake) etc.