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New Year, New Blog, Same Korea

Rejoice with us, for a fun and exciting resource for all things Korea has just opened — the FilipiNoonas website is NOW OPEN!

We’ve been dying to launch this blog for a few days now, but we wanted to make sure that the site is ready in order to create the best user experience possible for you.

This marks our first post on the blog, so some links on the menu might redirect you to an empty page. Please bear with us!

As soon as we write more relevant posts, our humble site on all things related to K-Life will look more alive! Please look forward to our upcoming posts as we have a lot of exciting stuff planned out for you.

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But before anything else, we’d like to introduce FilipiNoonas first!

Why FilipiNoonas?

FilipiNoonas 필리피누나들 is a passion project started by a small group of Korean language and culture enthusiasts who have been fans of Korean entertainment for more than a decade now.

There are currently four of us in the group, and yes, we can all speak Korean as we have studied the language for years. We are in no way claiming that we are masters nor do we call ourselves fluent, but you can rest assured that we are skilled enough to mentor other Korean language learners and translate content accurately. Our profiles will tell you that you guys are in good hands!

We created FilipiNoonas as a platform through which we can reach out to the new generation of Korean culture fans and share the latest on everything K-Life, while looking back on the things that we, the earlier generations, experienced.

Through FilipiNoonas, we also hope to gather and meet fellow FilipiNoonas (or FilipinOppas, if you’re a fanboy!) so we can laugh and cry together as we bond over nostalgic memories and other relatable things that early generation fans know too well.

FilipiNoonas also serves as a place for us to share our thoughts and opinions on Korean-related items or services we’ve tried, so our followers can gauge better whether or not they’re a good buy or a good bye. (Yay, a pun!)

To be quite honest, we badly needed an outlet to geek out and share our knowledge in Korean language, hence the birth of FilipiNoonas.

In the near future, we will create Korean-only content about the Philippines, so other Koreans interested in the Philippines or visiting the country will have the opportunity to learn more about our beautiful islands and our culture.

Hello, Lunar New Year 2019!

February 5, 2019, is a very auspicious day not just for Chinese citizens, but also for South Koreans. It is finally Seollal (설날) or the Lunar New Year! We wanted to welcome the New Year with the launching of the FilipiNoonas website to signify the start of a new adventure for us. New Year, New Beginnings!

Lunar New Year Celebration in Korea
Lunar New Year at Gyeongbukgung Palace | Image credit: KOREA.net

Seollal is one of the most important and widely celebrated national holidays in Korea. It usually lasts for three days (the day before, the day of and the day after) so most Koreans pack their things and head to their hometown to visit and catch up with their relatives.

On the morning of Seollal, many Koreans dress up in a traditional Korean clothing called ‘seolbim (설빔), a special hanbok for Seollal. They then perform an ancestral rite to express their gratitude and respect to their ancestors. Koreans pay respect to their ancestors by placing traditional food offerings on a table followed by a deep bow from every family member present.

Traditional rice cake soup in Korea
Tteokguk (rice cake in clear broth) | Image credit: KOREA.net

After the ancestral rite, family members gather around to eat the ritual food. One of the dishes served on Seollal is the traditional soup called ‘tteokguk‘ (떡국) or rice cake soup.

Made with sliced rice cakes, vegetables and other ingredients boiled gently in a clear broth, tteokguk is a significant dish!  It is believed that the clear broth symbolizes starting the year with a clear mind and body, while the coin-shaped slices of rice cake signify abundant blessings in the coming year.

Children performing a deep bow in Korea
Children performing ‘sebae‘ in front of an elder | Image credit: KOREA.net

One of the rituals observed on Seollal is the ‘sebae‘ (세배), a deep traditional bow. The younger ones perform this as respect to the elders and wish them a happy new year afterwards by saying “새해 복 많이 받으세요” which means “May you receive lots of blessings this new year”.

The elders reward this gesture by giving them ‘sebaetdon‘ (세뱃돈) or New Year’s money as a gift for Seollal.

Do you celebrate Seollal or the Lunar New Year with your loved ones? Let us know what activities you have during this important family event! We’d love to hear from you.

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여러분, 새해 복 많이 받으세요! Happy New Year, everyone! ♥

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