새해 복 많이 받으세요 – Happy Lunar New Year

Last year we were in Singapore for Chinese New year (now we are in Korea we have to say Lunar) which is an all singing and dancing two week party, with lots of lion and dragon dances, fireworks, decorations, red things everywhere. So, although I was expecting it to be different, I thought it would be along the same lines.

Nope.

Outwardly, there is nothing. There are no decorations or signs wishing good will, no dances and as far as I am aware no fireworks, the only thing I have seen are the SPAM gift packs. That isn’t because Lunar New Year isn’t important, just that it is a very family orientated occasion. Today is New Years Eve and you spend this with your family and then tomorrow is all about family and ancestors. Since it is such a private festival it is hard as an expat to fully appreciate what its all about.

IMG_1155Katrine and Gregor have been studying it at school and spent the last week making their own kites, and you get to make a wish when you fly it. This is Gregor’s kite, Katrine’s didn’t make it home, as it got stuck up a tree at school.

The other fun tradition they were told about is about Yakwanggy , a mischievous goblin who likes to steal your shoes. However, if he sees a sieve or noodle strainer then he is transfixed by it and has to count how many holes there are. This takes him all night and  since he can’t take shoes once the sun comes up, our shoes will be safe for another year.

IMG_1154We are taking no chances with this goblin and have our trusty sieve at the ready!

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