Thursday, February 19, 2015

Special Event: Seollal# What is Sebae (세배)??!!

Tick tock, tick tock! Time flies so fast, felt like I'm writing about Seollal yesterday, but its been a year ago O-o and now Seollal is back!!!ㅋㅋㅋ For this 2015 I wonder what should I write about this special event??!ㅋㅋ Last year I choose to write about a game that Korean play during Seollal so this year I choose to write about Sebae (세배) or literally known as performing deep bow to the eldest. ^^

This year Seollal begins on 18 February to 20 February, like Chuseok, Seollal is another one of most important celebration so basically Korean have 3 days leaves which is before Seollal, Seollal day celebration and after celebration.Wee ^^ For tourist that around Seoul now, you might be quite surprised as Seoul somehow become a ghost city! ㅋㅋㅋ Most of Koreans, were back to their hometown and gather together to celebrate this festive seasons with their families. ^^

During Seollal there are few activities that they do which start with Charye (ancestral ritual). While performing these some of them will dress up with hanbok (한복) (traditional attire for Korean) however these days they often dress in formal or in Western formal attire.ㅋㅋHowever kids will wear their colorful hanbok!^^  Lets' move to our topic, who perform Sebae and to whom they performing deep bow to?

Sebae is one of the way on how Korean respect their eldest. However this deep bow normally only be performed during Seollal with exchanging gift or best wishes to each other. Along with the deep bow (Sebae), they will wish their eldest with "새해 복 많이 받으세요" (Saehae bok manhi badeuseyo) meaning hoping new year will bring many luck. ^^ 

After Sebae, normally eldest will give children new year's money or known as Sebaetdon (Seollal gift), so its like a chance for children to collect their cash!ㅋㅋㅋ I'm sure this celebration is what children waiting for every year :P. For adult, seen this occasion might remind them of their childhood memories during Seollal celebration!ㅋㅋㅋ

p/s: Can't take my eyes off looking at triplets wear their hanbok and performing Sebae!ㅋㅋㅋ To all who celebrate Lunar New Year, 새해 복 많이 받으세요~ May this year bring more joys,luck, good health, longevity and prosperity  to allEnjoy with your family and love one!~


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Video Credit:Phuong Anh Nguyen 

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