Ekta Aggarwal, New Delhi: Seollal or Eumnyeok Seollal/음력 설랄 is South Korea’s most popular and important holiday. It is a traditional festival to celebrate the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. The celebration of Seollal lasts for 3 days; beginning the day before, the New year’s day itself, and concluding the next day. Korean New Year usually falls on the second new moon in January or February. In the case of a lunar leap month, the new year falls on the third new moon. Seollal is a public holiday in South Korea; during this period, several enterprises are closed down and a paid vacation is offered for families to spend time together and visit their relatives.
Eshani Bora, Guwahati, Assam: ‘Trivia 轉: Seesaw’ is a solo song by Suga or Min Yoongi of BTS. A song from BTS’ repackaged album Love Yourself 結 Answer, it was released on August 24, 2018. ‘Seesaw’ is written and produced by Suga and Slow Rabbit.
Abhipsha Rana, Kolkata, West Bengal: X1, the boy band formed by CJ ENM through the reality competition Produce X 101, debuted with their extended play Emergency: Quantum Leap on August 29, 2019. The album consists of seven tracks including a physical edition bonus track, ‘X1-MA (지마; X1 version).’
Riya Choudhary, Delhi: Park Jae-sang, popularly known as PSY, is a South Korean singer, eccentric rapper, songwriter, and record producer. His stage name is derived from the word ‘psycho’ which was decided by him because he wanted to be known as an artist who is crazy about music, dancing, and performance.
Jubby Kumar, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh: Christianity in South Korea was relatively small for a long time with only 2% of the populations who identified themselves as Christians. Catholicism was first introduced in South Korea during the late Joseon Dynasty. However, a big change was introduced after World War II, when the missionaries arrived in South Korea and the people identifying as Christians rose to 25%. Christmas celebrations in South Korea are slightly different from the western countries but at the same time, there are some similar traditions. So let’s first start with the differences.
Payal Singh, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh: ‘Eight’ is a digital single by Lee Ji-eun, better known as IU, that was released by EDAM Entertainment on May 6, 2020. The song is written by the singer-songwriter along with BTS’ Suga, and El Capitxn joins the two as the composer of the song. Upon its release, ‘Eight’ debuted at No. 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart and Billboard World Digital Song Sales and also earned the Triple Crown on SBS’ Inkigayo. This song has recently won the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) under the best collaboration category.
Hallyuween Story 1: Forever Together; Nehal Tambe, Maharashtra: Taeyong has been a great artist, this was what he was meant for in life and he was an ace. Everybody knew this. That’s why his team didn’t stop him when SM entertainment offered Taeyong a solo career and a world tour. They were supportive and let him have the chance. Taeyong went from country to country and place to place and was finally coming back after 6 months of touring the world.
Shailly Singh, Gandhinagar, Gujarat: “You won’t remember even if I tell you. The scene will change soon.” This dialogue is both impactful and a major spoiler into the series. Extraordinary You is a K-drama, that is a live-action adaptation of the webtoon, July found by chance. The drama comprises 32 episodes and stars Kim Hye-yoon, Kim Seok-woo better known as Rowoon, Lee Jae-wook, Lee Na-eun, Jung Gun-joo, Lee Tae-ri and Kim Young-dae. As a manga/manhwa/webtoon lover, this plot feeds into my biggest fantasy ‘what if I wake up one day to realize I am in a comic.’
Ritika Parmar, Gandhinagar, Gujarat: Heart Signal 3 is a variety show, now in its third season, where four men and four women spend a month together, while the panelists guess who will find love in the household. Started in 2017, the third part which premiered on March 25, 2020, is a complete package that rides high on romance, jealousy, heartbreaks, and friendships. This not only keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats but also increase their heartbeats. It might appear to be a plot taken from a drama, but the fact that it’s all true makes it more interesting to watch.
Riya Choudhary, Delhi: Lee Jong-suk is one of the top actors in South Korea. He debuted as a runaway model and later joined the world of acting. We all know him as a handsome, charming, and talented actor, known for his works in School 2013, Pinocchio, While You Were Sleeping, W, Romance is a Bonus Book, among others.