In fact it's the lunar calendar which marks each new year for Korea and not the 1st of January. Though the 1st is celebrated as well, it's not as significant. You may be more familiar with the term "Chinese New Year" which is the more popular term in the USA. Again, because I am from the USA, I am not too familiar what other countries may call the Lunar New Year, if you know any other names for it let us know in the comments box below and share you knowledge with us!
|Chinese New Year Dragon|
What is also really cool about Korea's celebration of the New Year is that it is also nationally recognized as every one's...and I mean EVERY ONE'S birthday. Yes. If your 24 years old like Kimmi, you will then be 25 on the day of the new year. Pretty cool right? Two Birthdays for EVERYONE!!!! ^O^ Just for the record, I'd be 25 too, since I will be turning 24 before the new cycle of the Lunar year. *Disclaimer so my partner doesn't feel like I'm picking at her age.*
|Example of a Male and Female Hanbok|
So when is the Lunar New Year? Well... it varies. Okay I'm going to try my best to explain this... So there is 12 lunar months in the year, just as a Solar year. How each month is marked is from the first night of the month, the moon is at it's darkest, seeming there "is no moon". As each night passes, the moon will appear fuller until the fifteenth night which the moon is the fullest and at it's brightest peak. From this night the moon will regress back to the dark "absent" moon, which completes the cycle of one lunar month. Now taking note, when the moon is full or is least full, it doesn't quiet match up with our Solar months, So the date for the Lunar New Year is marked when the 12 months of the Lunar Calendar have completed it's 12 Month long cycle.
Have I blabbed on long enough about this? Ha, I think so. So for the finale... this year's Lunar New Year and Happy Big Birthday to the Korean peoples is... **Drum Roll*...... February 10th! Just 8 days after me and Kimmi arrive in Korea. Oooohhhhhhh Yeeaaah! SO PUMPED FOR THIS!
So for now... 새해 복 많이 받으세요! *Happy New Year!*