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After FINISH writing NEW entry and about to POST today, I've been THINKING should I POST about it or NOT?? Since its FESTIVE seasons why NOT writing about it?? So I DECIDED to WRITE another TOPIC that related to SPECIAL occasion TODAY!ㅋㅋㅋ Few YEARS ago before I have KOREAN friends, I'm only AWARE that this OCCASION had been celebrated by CHINESE as over here we called it as CHINESE NEW YEAR rather than LUNAR NEW YEAR!ㅋㅋㅋ
Then somehow, after I GET to know KOREAN, they told me this, WE as KOREAN also CELEBRATE it but WE are NOT Chinese!! We are KOREAN! so WHY you WISH us with that?? I was like HUH??O-o What's WRONG?? It's CELEBRATION anyway?! Being like a DUMB I said that! ㅋㅋㅋ Then my KOREAN friends said that in KOREA this celebration called SEOLLAL or known as LUNAR NEW YEAR. Yes this CELEBRATION according to CHINESE ZODIAC YEAR but NOT only CHINESE celebrate it! You should KNOWN that FACT!
Finally I GET it!ㅋㅋㅋ After that, I NO longer wish HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR instead I wish HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR at my SOCIAL network.ㅋㅋㅋ You guys KNOWS right that KOREAN is very PARTICULAR about their NATIONALITY! Yes SOME of their TRADITION is ORIGINALLY from CHINA but they also CREATE their OWN history like KOREAN ALPHABETICAL which is TOTALLY DIFFERENT with the CHINESE character and etc~. Ok lets' BACK to our TOPIC! I think I'm TALKING too much today.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ ONE of the TRADITION during SEOLLAL is SEBAETDON.
What is SEBAETDON??? We all know that during CHRISTMAS, most of them giving GIFT to their CLOSE family and friends right? so this bit SIMILAR to this CELEBRATION! During Seollal, normally ADULT will PREPARE some NEW YEAR'S MONEY to the KIDS. Actually I asked ONE of my KOREAN friend about it, is MONEY is the PRIORITY GIFT during SEOLLAL? He said that according to REAL tradition of SEBAETDON, ADULT will prepare something like FOOD or DESSERT to KIDS as GIFT but these DAYS many prefer CASH. ㅋㅋㅋ So the tradition CHANGE according to the YEARS.
This YEAR, this TRADITION somehow become an ISSUE in KOREA. It's about HOW much should be GIVING to the KIDS. KIDS will put it in BOKJUMEONI (복주머니) or known as Lucky Pocket/ small bag. Long time AGO, its between 1000 WON to 5000 WON, but these YEARS the AMOUNT become 10 000 WON to 50 000 WON. This can be quite BURDEN to ADULT. Anyway this ISSUE is NOT only happen in KOREA I think, ㅋㅋ for THOSE who CELEBRATE this OCCASION, this might be SOMETHING need to CONSIDER about. ㅋㅋㅋ Personally for ME, during EID MUBARAQ, I also give CASH to MY NIECES and NEPHEWS and the AMOUNT sometimes DOES make me NEED to CHECK (my expenses) everything FIRST too before GIVING!ㅋㅋ
p/s: HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF RED MONKEY to those who CELEBRATE IT! May this year of RED MONKEY ll bring GOOD health and run SMOOTHLY in EVERYTHING~!~