Monday, January 26, 2009

Magnificent Festival Wishing Prosperity for the Year of the ox

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, posters in subway station
This weekend is the Seollal Festival (Lunar New Year) celebrating the arrival of the year of the ox (so long, year of the rat!) They crowned Karen and me Empress and Emperor of the Magnificent Festival Wishing Prosperity etc etc ...

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, posing for photo op
Just kidding, I wanted to get that pic out of the way; but seriously, there were a lot of people wearing costumes, including this little cutie:

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, miniature hanbok
... and these guys:

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village
It's the Lunar New Year, so here are the obligatory photos of lanterns, kite(s) and paper flowers:

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, lanterns
Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, kite
Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, paper flowers
There were numerous performances, samples and demonstrations, including this guy doing a traditional ritual called Charye, honoring ancestors.

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, Charye ritual
You could eat traditionally cooked sweet potatoes or popcorn:

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol VillageSeoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village

You could play traditional games:

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol VillageSeoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village
Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol VillageSeoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village

You could create crafts, like Karen's necklace:

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol VillageSeoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village
Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol VillageSeoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village

It's called the "wishing prosperity" festival because you can follow the traditional method of writing your wish in a ribbon and tying it to your zodiac strand on the wishing tree.

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village
Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village
Or you can write your message of hope on the Message of Hope board.

Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, Karen's message of hope
Seoul Seollal Festival, Namsangol Village, my message of hope
Either way, Happy Lunar New Year to you!

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