In Korea it’s tradition to reunion with the whole family from 18th till 20th February 2015 to celebrate Seollal… and to give tribute on first day of the new year (following the mooncalendar) to the ancestors by practising special rites… and to extend to the elder family members the new year’s greetings (Sebae).
On Seollal it is celebrated to become one year older. Eating Tteokguk (soup with rice cake) celebrates the purety and long living. White is the colour of Tteok and symbolizes purity, the longish form of it represents a long life.
The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is a family event and by far the most important date in the course of the year and thus the most important Chinese holiday. The public holidays are laid down for 18th till 24th February 2015.
2015 is the yea of the “wooden goat“. In China the goat stands for gentleness, peace, love, cooperation and helpfulness, and wood for creativity and productivity. Politically 2015 gives hope for peaceful and diplomatic solutions. For private life Chinese expect in 2015 to have more time for love and family. A conciliatory and loving interaction is favored for lonely hearts and the chances of falling in love.
I wish all my Asian friends in Korea and China a happy new year ! – Have more time for playing GO/Weiqi/Baduk… 🙂