Happy New Year celebration with the table full of food!

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Happy New Year celebration with the table full of food!

It’s our New Year’s holiday. The year of rabbit. Anyone? who’s in rabbit year? 🙂

We are following holidays by lunar calender, and it’s New Year’s eve according to it. New Year’s, that means family, celebration, and especially FOOD.

In Korean New Year, we are doing ceremony called “Cha Rae”, which is preparing food for ancestors. It has strict rules and ways. And… it is far to complicated to explain in here so let’s leave it for another time.

Anyway so yes we do have a lot of amount of food at home for the occasion.

Proper Cha Rae table looks like that but we are not going to have this one for private reason. However we still make food for it though, it’s a tradition. 🙂

Table full of jeon, made of mushroom, fish, pancake mainly made by green beans, fruits, meat, fish….. So many! And YUM

New Year’s Day is for family, not for going out, partying and celebrating. All families are gathering at oldest brother’s house, and having Cha Rae in the early New Year’s Day morning, and eat all of the food together.

It’s unusual long holiday – 3days, so good time to travel far, but only time to spend some time together with family as well. I’m here at home, with family and.. lots of foooood!

Happy New Year you all!! 🙂

Cha Rae

Fish jeon


table full of food with dduck guk with mandoo

Food from traditional market

More and more food-

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Happy New Year, Juno! I don’t know if Koreans do the red envelope thing, but if you do, hope you get plenty of them and may the year of the rabbit be a prosperous one for you.

  2. Oh my god! I was hungry before I saw this post and now my tummy is really talking!
    I loved my time in Vietnam where I got to celebrate the lunar/Chinese New Year ( called TET ). It was a month long celebration of family, food and community that made my American New Year look quite shabby and vapid.
    Save a mandoo for me!

  3. Incredible Juno! That table full of Korean food is a truly beautiful sight! I was able to celebrate yesterday and will today too, Chinese New Years here in Thailand. We are eating a lot of Thai food, but I’d also love some Korean food!

    Happy New Year!

  4. Omigosh, that sure is a lot of food! But perfect to ring in the new year! Happy New Year, Juno! 😀

  5. Stephen says:

    Looks like you had a good and delicious New Year. I did too. It was my first Lunar New Year in Korea and it was an incredible experience–lots of food, visiting family, and paying respects to elders and ancestors.

    • Juno says:

      Yes I did. Every year! I was your post, looks great 🙂 Glad you had one of Korea’s the biggest holiday tradition.
      So, are we going to do tweetup next week? When it’s going to be? Let me know! 🙂

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