Seollal: Korean Lunar New Year Festival with the Korean culture and language clubs

The Lunar New Year Festival | Kaysea Suzana, PantherNOW

Kaysea Suzana | Assistant Entertainment Writer

It’s the year of the dragon, and the Korean Culture Club and the Korean Language Empowerment Club united to celebrate the lunar new year with a roar. 

Though Seollal is on Feb. 10, KCC and KLEC hosted an event on Thursday, Feb. 8, in which Panthers enjoyed traditional Korean food, Korean games, and listened to contemporary Korean music.

Seollal, or Korean lunar new year, marks the celebration of the first day of the Korean lunar calendar.

KCC Members greeting guests | Kaysea Suzana, PantherNOW

The event also follows under the club’s attendance system in which the more students sign into clubs, the higher the chance they have to win a food gift card at the end of the semester.

Norianne Aguila, sophomore biology major, commented on some of the games available.

“We have little games like ‘shouting in silence, pictionary, tug-of-war, and little quizzes. In those quizzes, the winner gets little gifts like stickers and pens,” said Aguila.

Amelia Villa, president of the KCC and communications major, spoke about the food that would be present for the night.

“We’ll be having kimbap, and some Korean fried chicken. It’s mostly kinda like everyday street food in Korea,” Villa said.

Kimbap, or gimbap, is a dish in which rice, fish, vegetables, and meat are rolled in with seaweed. Korean fried chicken has less batter, is usually pan-fried, and has hints of sweetness and soy sauce.

Guests pose in front of a moonlit night poster in traditional hanbok wear | Kaysea Suzana, PantherNOW

On lunar new year, hanboks are traditionally worn, with several of them being available for students to try on for photos.

Guests are invited to try out traditional Korean games such as Yut Nori, a board game where you roll four sticks, and for each stick rolled upwards you move a space forward with the goal of ending up at the beginning. 

A vendor was present to sell out popular stationery items in South Korea, such as cutesy-inspire notebooks, agendas, notecards, and ledgers. 

Additionally, there were stickers, pencils, and tote bags that were Sanrio memorabilia– Sanrio having a cult following in Korea.

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