Korean Class 16

Seollal, 설날

Seollal is the first day of the Korean lunisolar calendar, which is normally the second full moon after the winter solstice, and coincides with the Chinese New Year.

Vocabulary

Korean English
음력 설날 (eumnyeok seollal), 구정 (gujeong) lunar new year
양력 설날 (yangnyeok seollal), 신정 (sinjeong) solar new year
한복 (hanbok) traditional korean clothing
떡국 (tteokguk) traditional rice cakes and soup
새해 복 많이 받으세요 (saehae bok mani badeuseyo) happy new year

Activities

윷놀이 (yunnori)
제기차기 (jegichagi)
널뛰기 (neolttwigi)
공기 (gonggi), 공기놀이 (gongginori)
투호, 投壺 (tuho), 투호놀이 (tuhonori)

The traditional activity of 투호 involves throwing sticks into large, often ornate, vases from a distance. Modern versions tent to be played with rubber-tipped arrows. It is also played at 추석 (chuseok), the autumn festival.

Korean Date

The date today is,

4350 년 1 월 3 일 (4350, Month 1 Day 3) (28 February 2017 CE)

This is the date according to the traditional lunisolar calendar of Korea. (Note that this is not an authoritative calculation; I’m still working on the details.) The years count back to the legendary founding of Korea by 단군 왕검 (Dan-gun Wanggeom).