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 ...
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:
... and these guys:
It's the Lunar New Year, so here are the obligatory photos of lanterns, kite(s) and paper flowers:
There were numerous performances, samples and demonstrations, including this guy doing a traditional ritual called Charye, honoring ancestors.
You could eat traditionally cooked sweet potatoes or popcorn:
You could play traditional games:
You could create crafts, like Karen's necklace:
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.
Or you can write your message of hope on the Message of Hope board.
Either way, Happy Lunar New Year to you!