New Year's day, 'Sul-Nal'

Many Koreans still follow the traditional Lunar Calendar New Year. In the lunar new year, Koreans dress in the traditional Hanbok, and visit their relatives. Korean women get up early in the morning to prepare special dishes for their family and ancestors.

Younger generations greet elderly people by 'Sebae'. Sometimes, younger generations travel long ways to greet their relatives who may live far away.

While they greet each other, the old family members give words of encouragement which is known as the 'well wishing remarks'.


Celebrated in May 5, Tano is one of the 4 biggest festivals in Korea. The ways of celebration differ from region to region.

On this day women wash their hai near streams in sweetflag and even drink water dipped in the plant. They use it for cosmetic purposes and play around the stream.

These ways of celebrating is done to prevent illnesses of the summer. And on this day, fans called "tano sun" are given out.

Han Ga Wye

On the 15th of August, according to the lunar calendar, our ancestors kept this day as a thanksgiving festival. After working hard during Spring and Summer, they celebrated a year of abundant crops with their relatives, and gave thanks to their ancestors. They visited their ancestors' graves on this day. Back in the house, they play traditional Korean games with relatives.

Chung wol Dae Boreum

This festival is celebrated on the 15th day of January according to the lunar calendar. This day was particularly important because it was the first 15th day of the year. This day people would predict their future luck. On early mornings, special wine was served along with nuts ,5 grains rice and herbs.

Games like dal-maji (welcoming of the first moon), tug-of-war, and saja nolcum(lion dances) were held, They took this day to foresee the year's luck in harvest. If the moon shone bright white, it meant rain. A red tinted moon meant a flood was ahead and if the moon was dark, it meant a good year of harvest. A dark moon foretold a bad year of harvest.