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Korean Cultural Centre in Cairo celebrates lunar New Year

The Seollal holiday brings a festive spirit very similar to that of Ramadan in Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Feb 2019
Egyptian students with Mr.Yang Sang Keun celebrate the Korean Lunar New Year ( Photo courtesy of the
Egyptian students with Mr.Yang Sang Keun celebrate the Korean Lunar New Year ( Photo courtesy of the KCC Media Office)
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The Korean Cultural Centre in Cairo celebrated the lunar New Year with dozens of Egyptian students and fans of Korean culture 5 February.

Director of the centre Yang Sang Keun said that the lunar New Year, "Seollal," is one of the most important traditional Korean holidays, saying it is characterised by a family atmosphere similar to that of Ramadan in Egypt.

He explained that during the Seollal holiday, Koreans traditionally eat "Tteokguk" — rice cake soup — believing it prolongs life.

“They also used to wear the traditional clothing 'Hanbok’ while family members gather together in their hometowns and the children enjoy gifts offered by their parents and grandparents,” he added.

Yang Sang Keun invited attendees to explore commonalities between the two countries while wishing all a happy lunar New Year filled with joy and peace.

Attendees enjoyed the same rituals of Seollal in the Korean Cultural Centre, where they wore traditional Korean clothing, enjoyed rice cake soup, and played traditional Korean games.

The celebrations of Seollal began in the age of the ancient Silla kingdom.

This year, the celebration started 5 February in Korea, to last for three days.

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