If you are in Korea, don’t expect to be able to pay your local Costco a visit this Sunday, because all Costco Korea locations are CLOSED for Lunar New Year’s Day or Seollal (February 10, 2013). However, it does appear that Costco Korea will be open on Saturday in case you need to pick up some last minute items for family celebrations or gifts or just your regular shopping. Also, don’t forget that there is a special Lunar New Year coupon book currently with five nice deals for the week.
For those of you that are curious, here’s a little more information on how the Koreans celebrate Lunar New Year or Seollal from the Korea Tourism Organization or you can visit Wikipedia’s Korean New Year page to find out additional information, as well.
Seollal (February 9 – 11, 2013)
Lunar New Year’s Day (Seollal) is one of the most important traditional holidays of the year; the holiday is much more significant than January 1st. Most businesses are closed, and people take several days off from work to visit their hometowns to be with their family. On the day of Seollal, everyone gets up early, puts on their best clothes, and bows to their elders as a reaffirmation of family ties. Feasts are held with specially prepared food such as Ttokguk and Manduguk. People play traditional games, fly kites, or spin tops.
새해 복 많이 받으세요 (sae hae bok mani bad eu se yo)!
That’s “please receive lots of good luck in the new year” for all of us who are a little less proficient in our Korean language skills. If you want to learn how to say it, check out this helpful TalkToMeInKorean.com video.