Seollal: Korean New Year

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.

Doljanchi: How Koreans Celebrate First Birthday

Nehal Tambe, Mumbai, Maharashtra: The birth of a child is a very special feeling, not only for the parents but for anyone who hears about the birth of a new-born. The first year of life of a child outside the mother’s womb always remains a beautiful memory. Hence, it is celebrated in a special way in almost all parts of the world, including South Korea. Korean 1st birth year celebration is called “Doljanchi” or 돌잔치, commonly known as Dol. This day marks the first year of child and South Korean people celebrate this day in a very traditional and elaborated manner.