holidays


Tomorrow is November 11th which means Peppero Day in Korea. I’ll be buying a giant box because they are only available this time of year.

It’s also the start of the G20 meetings in Seoul.

FYI: plan on not going to or near COEX because the security is extreme.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Here’s a picture of our little tree (less than 22 inches tall). It was purchased at Daiso for 3,000w, the silver and gold balls came in a pack for 2,000w, the candy canes are handmade, the garland is a re-purposed styrofoam pouch, the star was made using part of  a kitchen sponge, and the tree skirt is actually an artfully clipped pillow cover.

Christmas trees have popped up all over Seoul. I’ve noticed that there is a lot of blue used in Christmas displays here. Blue lights, blue ornaments, blue garlands…which I would instead associate with Hanukkah. Oh well, at least it’s festive.

It’s Halloween this weekend and this is the extent of the display at my local E-Mart. Thankfully I have thoughtful family and  friends who sent us cute baby costumes and candy corn in the mail.

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Happy Halloween!

Today is Hangeul Day/한글날 which commemorates King Sejong’s development of the Korean alphabet in 1443 so that more people could be literate, not just the scholarly who studied Chinese characters/한자. As a result nearly 98% of the population is literate today. There are flags lining the streets of Seoul but it’s not an official holiday.

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This weekend Korea celebrates Chuseok/추석.  It’s the equivalent of Thanksgiving plus Christmas because there is lots of eating and gifts are given to family members. Very traditional families will even dress in hanbok/한복 and bow to ancestors. Gift box sets are the rage right now and the Spam sets make me smile.

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Happy Chuseok!

May 8th is Parents’ Day (어버이날) in Korea. It used to just be Mothers’ Day until fathers realized there wasn’t a day for them. Carnations are given to parents as bouquets, baskets and/or boutonnieres.

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Corner flower shop with display for Parents’ Day.

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