PUNE: A celebration on the occasion of Korean New Year was recently organised by the Korean School, Pune, and Korean golf group ‘Hanaho’, in association with Korean Association, Pune, at Oxford golf resort, Pune.
Korean New Year is celebrated on February 16. Around 500 Koreans from across the city got together to celebrate their new year.
Chairman of Korean Association, Pune, Hyunseok Chcoo, said the association has been organising new year festivities for its fellow people in the city for 10 years.
Speaking about their traditional way of celebrating new year, Eunjoo Lim, Director of External Affairs, Korean Association, Pune, said, “It is one of the significant traditional Korean holidays. Everyone greets each other by saying ‘Saehae bok mani badueseyo,’ which means lots of good luck to you.” Lim added that Koreans consume Tteokguk, a soup with sliced rice cakes, which is a traditional Korean food customarily eaten for the new year.
They had also organised four main programmes, including painting and writing competition, Korean traditional games such as Jegichagi, Yutnori and Tuho, cultural programmes, where they sang new year song ‘Kkachi kkahi seolnal’, sung by the children of Korean School, Pune, and ended the celebration with a golf tournament.