KUMSN included a short column that I wrote in their February-March 2013 newsletter. It is mostly bits and pieces of things I’ve already written in my previous blogs, but I thought I would share because of the wonderful picture! 🙂 Anyway, I do have many thing that I would like to post about but please bear with me! KUMSN has been very busy and I have been involved in some of the research and projects. I am also without a personal computer and have been depending on my smart phone when I am not at the KUMSN office. In the meantime, here are some more delicious pictures of the food I have been enjoying and some information about the recent holiday in Korea!
The Lunar New Year passed this month on February 10th but the whole weekend was like a holiday. I was even off from field the following Monday and Tuesday! Department stores and shops were packed with people buying gifts, groceries, and other things to prepare for the celebration. Usually, the new year is spent with families and most businesses close although buses, subways, and some convenience stores stay open. From what I could tell, this holiday is a major holiday, similar to our Christmas season.
The InKAS president cooked all the food for the Lunar New Year, (“Seollal” or 설날 in Korean) since many of the guesthouse residents were not spending it with family. She wore a traditional hanbok and everyone there learned what is called “sae bae” (새해), in which children traditionally bow to their parents or grandparents and receive money in an envelope. Also, according to Korean culture or traditions, Korean people turn one year older after they finish eating their “dduk guk” soup. My Korean age is 29 (which is way closer to 30 than I would like to think about).