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It’s the Year of the Dog

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

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It’s the Year of the Rooster

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

To be more precisely, it’s the year of the fire rooster. People born this year are said to be trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. In all the rooster-born are said to have great characteristics such as being observant, communicative, frank, quick minded and multi-talented which leaves them with a certain confidence in themselves. On that point, however, they might tend to an eccentric and boastful life-style, being moody and impatient or impassive as the quickly lose interest after being overenthusiastic about something.

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I just enjoy Google Asia’s New Years banner every time :3

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Happy 4939th Birthday Korea!

The 3rd of October is a meaningful date in Germany as it is German Unification Day. This holiday is mostly important in politics and in media; Germans themselves hardly celebrate the unity of East and West Germany. However, this date is not only of national importance in Germany, but also in Korea. Koreans celebrate Gaecheonjeol (개천절) which is nothing else than National Foundation Day. According to history the first nation state of Korea was founded back around this date in 2333 BC by founder King Dangun (단군왕검 /dangun wanggeom/). He named his kingdom Joseon (nowadays officially known as Gojoseon, meaning ancient Joseon) which was located at the northern part of north Korea in the area of Manchuria (now part of China).
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It’s the Year of the Monkey

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

If you’re born in this year your character traits are probably somewhere around these: sociable, intelligent, optimistic, quick-witted, confident, romantic, restless, selfish, stubborn and reckless.

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I liked this pic from Google 😀

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Announcement: Kpop Christmas Calendar in December 2015

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It’s only 24 days until Christmas! In Germany we do not only celebrate Christmas Eve, but also the time before Christmas which is called Adventszeit. It derives from Latin and means the time till Christmas arrives. If you visit Germany you can see – besides the merchandise and bright christmasy decoration – that we also have festive Christmas markets where you can get into the right Christmas spirit.

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Paying Respect on Parent’s Day

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May is the family month in Korea. We already past Children’s Day (어린이날 – eorini-nal) on May, 5th which is hugely celebrated in Korea, up-coming will be Teacher’s Day (스승의날 – seuseungui-nal) on May, 15th, Married Couples’ Day (부부날 – bubu-nal) on May, 21st and Buddha’s Birthday (석가탄신일 – Seogga-tansinil) this year on Mai, 25th. Inbetween lies Parent’s Day (어버이날 – eobeoi-nal) on May, 8th.

Parent’s Day is similar to our Mother’s Day and in fact it was also originally only dedicated to mothers. Parent’s Day is a combination of the Christian Mother’s Day and Confucian culture. Continue reading

Why Koreans take WHAM seriously

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away.

This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.

If Germans hear Last Christmas by WHAM! in September they know the awful commercial Christmas time is on the way and try to avoid it until Christmas Eve. If Koreans hear the song in September it is the start signal for the most irritating sport ever: grab yourself a lover for Christmas Day.

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The Power of Love: Valentine’s Day in Korea

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There is a lot to say about Korean dating, love and couple customs. Coming to Korea it is very amusing to watch Koreans going crazy about three days in particular. One is the well-known 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and it is a highly commercially successful love related day in Korea. As my teacher told me, actually there is a love designated day every month on the 14th, however, Valentine’s Day, White Day and Black Day are the most known ones. In Germany we do not take Valentine’s Day that serious (different from the USA) and we are not too strict upon it. It is perfectly fine to send Valentine’s gifts or cards to family members or friends and both men and women participate. But in Korea you should not mess around like that. Continue reading