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Happy Seollal, Korean Lunar New Year!

February 5, 2011


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Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Seollal is one of Korea’s two mega-holidays, right up there with Chuseok, which you might remember from our Chuseok dancing video we did a while ago. We didn’t go as crazy as we did last time and dance around the streets of Korea this time, though. We just relaxed, as Martina’s vacation is whittling down to its last few days, but we also made a video in the meanwhile to celebrate our favorite part of Korean Lunar New Year: tteokguk!

Now, there are loads of traditions when it comes to Lunar New Year. We celebrated it last year with one of Martina’s co-teachers and her family, and we got to experience lots of the cool traditions. We saw the incense ceremony, had a great meal, and played Yu No Ri (or however it’s pronounced). We didn’t get any footage from it, though, because we kinda wanted to be more respectful and less gawky-touristy. This year, though, we decided to keep the tradition of tteokguk. The idea behind tteokguk is that, on the morning of Lunar New Year, you should eat some tteokguk so that you can grow one year older. A student explained it to Simon before as Levelling Up, so to speak. Now, since Simon’s a bit of a gaming nerd (if you don’t remember from our Starcraft in Korea video), he kinda took that tradition one step too far. Level grinding like what!

Ahh. The joke turned out to be lame, so we made a lame joke video for it, in our attempt to wish you all a Happy New Year! One final note, though, because I’m sure some people might are going to mention this: we ate tteok manduguk, rather than just plain tteokguk. I’m pretty sure that does not invalidate the levelling up, though. Yeah! And, as always, lots of thanks go out to JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* for still translating our videos, even when the videos are kinda…lame. Happy Seollal everyone!

One more thing: some people have been asking us to put our songs up, so we’re gonna try to share our songs as well. We’re gonna work on a music page. For now, here’s the song in this format, until we find a better way of sharing. Yeah!

tteokguk by simonandmartina



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