[Talking of Three countries] New Year’s Day in the Three Countries!

The first talking of three countries!

We had conversation about new year’s day in the three countries.


First of all, Nana talked about the new year’s day in Taiwan.

Q.What is special activities to celebrate new year’s day in Taiwan?

TAWWe hang out some words to wish on rectangular paper and “CHUNLIAN(春联)” which is a square paper written a inverted word of Lucky(福) on front door of the house. It has a meaning of calling much of luck in the house.


Chinese Chunlian

Also, adults play mah-jong and children set off firecrackers. During 3 days from the new year’s day, it is forbidden to do laundry and to throw away because it is considered as letting lucky go away. Two days after the new year’s day, ㅡmarried women can go their parent’s home.

마작Chinese Mah-jong (Scene of ‘Lust, Caution’)
중국폭죽Chinese Firecracker in New Year’s Day

Q.How long do you have the holiday for new year’s day?

Chinese and Taiwanese have one week for the holiday.

Q. Do you have any special food to celebrate the new year’s day?

For the dinner of the new year’s day, we have 2 fishes on the table but we only eat one of them. Fish signifies “long life” so we eat it.
Also we don’t cook in New Year’s day to avoid see blood in the day. Therefore we cook a day before for new year’s day.

We eat dumplings at midnight of 1st of Jan(of the lunar calendar). The Dumpling has a meaning of earning more money as it looks like YUANBAO, the coin of ancient China.

yuanbaoYuanbao, the Coin of Ancient China

중국만두Chines Dumpling

Q. What is special thing to celebrating new year’s day in Japan?

2017-02-13 (1)We celebrate new year’s day on the January. 1st of the solar calendar. It is different with China and Korea where they celebrate it with lunar calendar. Therefore it is not familiar to me to celebrate it with lunar calendar.

In Japan, we eat Buckwheat soba noodle in the new year’s day. It signifies ‘long life’ as it has long noodle.

Also, we eat Osechi(おせち) in the lunch of new year’s day. In the old days, grand mothers and mothers used to make it but in now days, people order it from department store.

오세치Osechi(おせち) : Traditional Japanese New Year Foods. All foods for the first month of the year are called ‘Osechi’

Korea has Tteokguk for new years day. Japan also has O-zoni which is similar with Tteokguk but it tastes different depends on provinces and families. Especially, People in Osaka and Nagoya make it with Miso and People in Tokyo make it Soy source. We eat it every morning from 1st to 3rd of January.

IMG_0417O-zoni [お雜煮] : Traditional Japanese New Year Foods like Osechi.

And Japanese people go to Shinto shrine on 1st of January. And department store organize ‘Lucky bag event’. There are lucky bags from 5 thousands Yen to 50 thousands Yen. It is not possible to know what is included in the bag. Therefore it is called ‘Lucky bag event’.

The holiday is usually until 5th of January.

Q. How Korean people celebrate the new years day?

KORIt seems like that Japan is influenced by western culture and Korea is influenced by both of Chinese and western culture. Korean people celebrate both of Solar and Lunar calendars.

On the last day of the year. people go to Bosingak, a large bell pavilion, to hear the new year’s bell ringing or go to east sea to see the first sun rise.

On Jan. 1 of Solar calendar is a holiday (just one day) and on the new year’s day of lunar calendar, we have 3 days of holiday.

Korean people think that they will get 1 year old after eating a bowl of Tteokguk.

 한국의 떡국Tteokguk : Traditional Korean New Year’s Food.

Q. What is difficult thing to you when you celebrate the new year’s day in Korea?
2017-02-13 (1) It is difficult to count Korean age. It is different with other countries. They always say their age adding one year more.

KORYes, it is different with other countries. In other countries, people get 1 year on their birth day but in Korea, we get a year on New years day! That is why Korean people say their age with 1 more year.

Q. Any other things to do in new year’s day?

KORIn the morning of new year’s day, Korean people do Charye which is ritual for ancestors. Also we have special way of new year’s greetings, Sebae(세배). When children do Sebae to olders, the adults give money to them. When I was young, it was great joy to do Sebae going around to relations’ home as I could get more money! Do you also have similar things?


When children say ‘Happy New Year’ to adults, they give money in Hongbao to kids. Hongbao is red envelop or red pocket with money.

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Japan also have new years money. It is same thing in the three countries. We also put some money in pretty envelop for kids. There are many envelope with animation characters.



The cute envelopes exist in Korea as well. Also we give new bill to kids.

IMG_0435New years money from the three countries (Japan, China, Korea)


The new years day in the three countries are same, same but different!

How did you see the first talking of three countries in 2017?

We are coming back soon again with more funny stories!

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