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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas in South Korea


Yay! It's several more days before Christmas!!
Well, since it's already the middle of December, for the spirit of love and togetherness in our Bhineka Tunggal Ika (the spirits of unity), let spread the warmth and peaceful Christmas for everyone. Happy happy ho..ho..ho :))
Speaking of which, to fulfill the happiness also keeping us updated, in this post, I would love to share some of the fun Christmas facts in South Korea. Here we go..
In South Korea, most of the Christmas celebrations are actually very similar to those found in Europe or other countries. Regarding from an adopted overseas tradition, I have 7 things which are the most common and  Popular Christmas traditions in South Korea:

1. Exchanging Christmas cards: 
Korean Christmas cards are generally less expensive than cards from other countries. Long time ago, most cards will use the phrase "Season's Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas" in order to appeal to a wider segment of the population.

Serunya nih, saat momen Natal tiba, setelah mengikuti kebaktian di Gereja, saling bertukar kartu ucapan Natal, tukar kado, caroling dan makan malam bersama keluarga. Anak-anak di Korea mempunyai tradisi sendiri dalam merayakan Natal, yaitu dengan saling memberi kartu Natal. 

Gak peduli berapa banyak teman sekolah atau teman bermain, mereka akan mengirim dan membalas semua kartu yang mereka terima, walaupun mereka harus begadang sampe jam tidur malamnya kelewat, tapi mereka akan dengan senang hati membalas kartu-kartu Natal yang mereka terima. 

Uniknya, setiap kartu memiliki isi yang berbeda, yang menunjukkan bagaimana mereka mengekspresikan perasaan mereka pada setiap orang yang mereka kenal. 




2. Church services and pageants: Christian churches in Korea hold traditional evening services on Christmas Eve as well as mass on Christmas Day, which often includes a baptismal service.
Untuk yang satu ini, kurang lebih sama dengan tradisi natal di seluruh dunia, jadi berasa dunia itu kecil gak sih karena sejauh manapun melangkah, selalu ada common things dengan bangsa lain, entah itu melalui budaya, agama atau kebiasaan ;)




3. Christmas movies: Holiday cartoons and Christmas movies are the most popular seasonal entertainment, especially for children and families.

Larva (animation series) of Christmas
Will It Snow For Christmas
Happy Ero Christmas


4. Exchanging gifts: Young children eagerly await the arival of Santa Haraboji, or Santa Grandfather on Christmas Eve.

Traditional Santa Haraboji art craft
 Friends and family members may also exchange gifts for Christmas in Korea.


5. Decorated trees: Not every family in South Korea have a Christmas tree, but as you can see, they happily will do the pleasure to decorate it everywhere, so everyone can enjoy it and not losing their Christmas spirit :)

Busan Xmas Tree Festival



Xmas Trees in Daedo Market

6. Christmas dinner: A formal dinner is a popular way to celebrate the holiday with family members, though the menu usually includes popular Korean dishes such as sweet potato noodles, rice cake soup, barbecued beef (bulgogi), and spicy pickled cabbage (kimchi).


7. Public decorations: Christmas is a public holiday in South Korea, many businesses such as department stores and other retailers will decorate lavishly to attract customers with seasonal cheers.

Penguin Santa
Namdaemun Xmas Festival
2010 - South Korean Postman standby to sent Xmas presents for everyone, 
completed with their Santa costumes and decorations :D


 Well, that's that! I hope you guys enjoy the post ^_~

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*source: http://christmas.lovetoknow.com/Korean_Christmas_Traditions