새해 복 많이 받으세요! means “Happy new year!” in Korean. 새해 means new year, 복 means luck, 많이 means a lot and 받으세요 means please receive. So it literally means ‘Hope you will receive a lot of luck in new year.”
This year, Lunar new year’s day is Feb 8th on Monday. It is the biggest holiday in Korea. A lot of people go to their parents house or oldest brother’s house to make special food for a morning ceremony for their ancestors.
After the morning ceremony, they have breakfast with the food that they make a night before new years day. And then kids bow to their grand parents, uncles and aunts and parents.
Here is my favorite part of new year’s day! After kids bow to the old generation, adults give them some money!!!!!! When I was a kid, my mom always took that money and said she would keep it for us, but I didn’t get that back 🙁
The special food for new year’s day is rice cake soup. I posted about this last year, you can click here to read stories.
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