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Korean New Year

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Koreans continue to celebrate New Year, or Sollal, in accordance with the lunar calendar. Koreans have made the day a special one for family gatherings. Family members usually meet in the home of the eldest male, and there perform solemn rites called charye. These are essentially rites to honor dead ancestors, extending back four generations. This is not ancestor worship, but an opportunity to bind the family together and consider what one owes to one's forefathers. There is burning of incense sticks and wine is poured as an offering, and the eldest male makes two deep prostrations, with his head to the floor.
Other family members then follow the suit. After charye, a formal Korean New Year's courtesy to the family and elders is made. This is called sebae. The first to receive sebae are the grandparents, then parents, then uncles and aunts.
Korean New Year or Sollal is a day rich in tradition, and there are a number of foods and activities associated with it. The most common food is ddok-guk, or rice dumpling soup. Popular drinks include shikhye, rice punch, and sujunggwa, a spicy concoction of persimmon and cinnamon. Kite flying is a popular sport for New Year's Day. Young boys engage in kite battles by trying to cut each otherís strings by coating their own with powdered glass. On the Eve of Korean New Year, people burn bamboo sticks to cast off every single house demon. They thought that with the sound of the exploding bamboo's knots, the demons would get scared and run away.
A day for renewal, a day for recommitting oneself to whatever one believes important is what describes SollalóKorean New Year. Hence, you introduce some new variation on your usual festivities from some of Korea's traditions: from the solemn and reverential to the feisty and fun.

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