Happy New Years!!!!! 2007
I haven't seen my cousins for 3 years.  This was like a re-union thing to me.
Every New Years it's an Korean tradition to get together with relatives and
show respect and bow to elders.  
we bow to elders and wish them good health and happiness in life
We grew up together in Korea - these are my cousins and I love them
I watched them grew up in Orange County
I wish my uncle and my aunt long life and happiness
So I asked my cousin what's a good age to get married and
he said:  "Don't get married and don't have kids" - he is
gonna get in big trouble if his wife looks at this web site..  ( ha
ha ) Actually he told me to get married when I'm 40.
Sounds good to me.  This is Min with his family.  His wife is
very beautiful  (he is gonna kill me later for saying this)
you have 2 kids
better get another
job ( ha ha  )
The first day of the lunar New Year is called Sol-nal. This is for families to renew
ties and prepare for the new year.

New Year's Eve: People place straw scoopers, rakes or sieves on their doors
and walls to protect their families from evil spirit sin the new year.

Everyone dresses in new clothes, the following morning, symbolizing a fresh
beginning, and gathers at the home of the eldest male family member. Ancestral
memorial rites are held, then the younger generation bows to elders in the
family. They wish them good health and prosperity in the coming year. The
elders often then give newly minted money or gifts afterwards.

New Year's Day food includes: a bowl of rice cake soup ttokkuk. Koreans believe
eating this soup will add and extra year of age to your life. Korean age is
actually calculated at the New Year. Everyone becomes a year older on New
Year's Day!