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Celebrating Seollal
AFAR
2/2/2003

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For many Koreans, as well as Chinese, the Lunar New Year marks the true arrival of the new year. In Korean, it is called Seollal. This year, Seollal fell on February 1, and the festivities spanned Friday through Sunday. Tens of millions were estimated to have made the trek home to reunite with their families and other loved ones. A major part of the festivities is charye, which are traditional rites to pay homage to their deceased relatives. And then there is the food... Teokguk, a hearty rice-cake soup with meat and vegetables, made special for Seollal. But for most Koreans, the true meaning of Seollal is to wish each other happiness in the coming year and beyond.

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