The First Day of 2012

Let me take a break from 1974 to bring in 2012.

Out of all the holidays, new year’s day is my favorite. Our tradition includes going to my mom and dad’s house to eat rice cake soup. Eating this soup is said to bring good luck. After our meal, we do what many Koreans do for entertainment. We sing karaoke. My parents have this outdated karaoke machine, and we take turns singing oldies. Beatles, Carpenters, Paul Anka… and of course, the Village People. We laugh, dance, and just goof around. This is the holiday that makes me feel most like a kid again. When it’s time to leave, we bow down to my parents, saying, “Seh bok mahnee bah du seh yoh,” which means many new blessings to you. They then hand the grandchildren money. What’s there not to like?

The spread.

Jap Chae.


Kimchi pancakes.


Rice cake soup.

John’s tai chi demonstration.

Sophie starts off the singing.

Ellie sings.

My sister sings. She has the best singing voice.

Dad sings.

Kids bowing down for money.

From me and my family to you and yours, happy new year and many blessings for 2012.

Published in: on January 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm  Comments (4)  
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