How Koreans Celebrate Seollal, Lunar New Year

Seollal, Korea’s favorite holiday, is just around the corner. Koreans usually celebrate two New Years: one on January 1st in accordance with the solar calendar, and the Lunar New Year (called Seollal), which falls this year on February 3rd.  In celebration of Seollal, most people go back to their hometowns to perform ceremonial rites and pay their respects to their ancestors. Since many people need to make a long drive, the day before and the day after Seollal are also designated as national holidays. This year Seollal falls on a Thursday, so everyone gets a 5-day weekend! So, how do Koreans spend this holiday? Let’s take a peek at Korea’s Seollal, a busy but special time of year.

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