Lunar New Year at The Korea Society

Doogaji Visits Korean American Culture

Lunar New Year at The Korea Society

Victoria and Marcus enjoyed an afternoon of Korean cultural activities to celebrate Lunar New Year

The Korea Society was bustling with families engaged in craft projects and games when we arrived, and our son Marcus was curious about all the noise and excitement. Snacking on mujigae-tteok (무지개떡) and fruit, children and their parents were busy at tables making lanterns, dog hand puppets, watercolor paintings, and jegichagi (제기차기) toys. Marcus is a puppy fan, so we headed to that area.

With Mommy doing the work, Marcus directed. Place an eye there and there. We need ears, there, there. More, nose Mommy, nose… Does the puppy need a mustache? Yes!

On to some tuhonoli (투호놀이). We got a few in...

Next were some lanterns. Perfect for a little boy’s night light! Mommy assembled the lantern parts after Marcus did the coloring and lit the flame.

  • Victoria placing ears on a dog hand puppet
    Victoria placing ears on a dog hand puppet
  • Marcus with two dog hand puppets
    Marcus with two dog hand puppets
  • Marcus playing tuhonoli (투호놀이)
    Marcus playing tuhonoli (투호놀이)
  • Lighting our lantern light
    Lighting our lantern light
  • Marcus showing us his lantern light
    Marcus showing us his lantern light
  • Listening carefully how to play the sogo (소고)
    Listening carefully how to play the sogo (소고)
  • Mommy and Marcus playing the sogo (소고) with other families
    Mommy and Marcus playing the sogo (소고) with other families
  • Storytime - The Rabbit’s Judgement by Suzanne Crowder Han
    Storytime - The Rabbit’s Judgement by Suzanne Crowder Han

Are those drums we hear? We left the crafts and found a great circle of parents and kids gathered, ready to learn to play the sogo (소고). We learned how to make different patterns of drum beats while lifting the drum high in the air or down low. It sounds great when everyone plays together!

Then it was time to relax with a traditional folktale. We found one of the colorful floor cushions, sat, and listened. The reading was of The Rabbit’s Judgement by Suzanne Crowder Han, which is based on the folktale about the ungrateful tiger. With wonderfully illustrated pages and a clever telling of the story, Marcus, along with all the other children and families, welcomed in the new year!

Happy 무술년 from Doogaji!

This event was hosted by The Korea Society, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.



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