Tuesday, February 05, 2008

2008 Korean Lunar New Year Celebration

The 2008 Lunar New Year celebration (Seol) is this week, February 6-8. 

2008 is the year of the Rat, which in Asian tradition protects and spreads prosperity. Along with Chusok (the fall harvest festival), Seol is the most important of traditional Korean holidays.

In Korea, Seollal includes gift-giving and family activities that show respect to elders and ancestors. Most Korean businesses are also closed for the holiday as millions of Koreans travel to join their families.

I see the holiday, as a great opportunity for Westerners to wish their Korean colleagues. Here is the formal greeting.

Sae hae bok mani ba deu say yo (Happy Lunar New Year.)

Hint: I'll break down the pronunciation:

Sae hae bok—ma ni—ba deu say yo! Which literally means, Please receive many New Year blessings!

Questions, please contact:
 Don Southerton and Bridging Culture Worldwide at dsoutherton@bridgingculture.com

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