Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year

Things Matt has taught me about Chinese New Year:
  1. Korean New Year is on the same day.
  2. Each Korean New Year, everyone in Korea gets one year older--automatically. This does not count as your birthday advancement, and therefore Koreans can actually be two years older than they really are, depending on when their birthdays are with relation to Chinese New Year.
  3. A typical dish to eat on this day is Tteokguk (rice cake soup), which will ensure that you will age an extra year, and that you will have good luck. 
  4. A traditional game to play on this day is Yut Nori which is basically like a board game where you toss a bunch of marked sticks (instead of dice) to move around the board.
As you might have guessed, we celebrated in typical korean fashion, although we did go out for yogurt afterwards:

I've always wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year (or something similar) but up until now I had never found anyone that was super interested in doing the same. So here's to my 1st Chinese/Korean New Year.


1 comment:

  1. You look like a movie star in the first pic. Glad you are having fun.


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