떡국 (Tteokguk)

떡국 Tteokguk (soup with sliced rice cakes) is a traditional Korean food that is customarily eaten for the New Year. According to Korean age reckoning, the Korean New Year is similar to a birthday for Koreans, and eating tteokguk is part of the birthday celebration. Once you finish eating your tteokguk, you are one year older. On January 1, People prepare some food and eat. They entertain a visitor who visit to bow for New Years to food. In this bout, they prepare tteokguk certainly.

 

세배 (Sebae)

Sebae is a traditionally observed activity on Seollal, and is filial piety oriented. Children wish their elders (grandparents, aunts and uncles, parents) a happy new year by performing one deep traditional bow (rites with more than one bow involved are usually for the deceased) and the words saehae bok mani badeuseyo (Hangul: 새해 복 많이 받으세요) which translates to "have a blessed New Year". Parents typically reward this gesture by giving their children new year's money, or "pocket money", (usually in the form of crisp paper money) in luck bags made with beautiful silk design and offering words of wisdom, deokdam. Historically, parents gave out rice cakes (ddeok) and fruit to their children instead. Before and during the bowing ceremony, children wear hanboks as a respectful way to appreciate ancestors and elders.

 

민속놀이 (Folk games)

Many traditional games are associated with the Korean New Year. The traditional family board game yunnori is still a popular game nowadays, especially during Korean New Year. It is played using different types of specially designed sticks. Traditionally men and boys would fly rectangle kites called yeonnalligi, and play jegichagi, a game in which a light object is wrapped in paper or cloth, and then kicked in afootbag like manner. Korean women and girls would have traditionally played neolttwigi, a game of jumping on a seesaw (시소), andgongginori, game played with five little gonggi (originally a little stone, but today many buy manufactured gongi in shops) while children spinpaengi (팽이).[further explanation needed]

 

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