he morning of Seollal begins with an ancestral rite. Family members dressed in brand new Hanbok, gather in front of the ritual table, and set it with an ancestral tablet and dished of ritual food according to the strict custom of ancestral rites.
This practice used to be carried out only by male members of the family. In addition the tradition has been significantly eclipsed by the influence Christianity.
Once set, the rite begins with deep bows as greeting to the ancestor spirits and proceeds with offerings and prayers before ending with bidding farewell to the spirits.
Following the rite, everyone eats the ritual foods. Tteokguk (rice cake soup) is the main food of Seollal.
In fact the consumption of a bowl of Theokguk is believed to add a year to one age. People often ask each other, “How many servings of Tteokguk have you had?” as a fun way to ask each other’s age.
After the meal, the younger generations of a family pay respect to their elders by taking a deep bow, and by presenting with gifts.
The elders, then, offer their blessings and withes for a prosperous year, Children often receive Sebaetdon (New year’s special allowance) which is supposed to be kept in a traditional lucky pouch.