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Koreans' Traditional Custom on Lunar New Year's Day
Pyongyang, February 6 (KCNA) -- From olden times, the Koreans have enjoyed the lunar New Year's Day as one of the biggest holidays in a year.

The lunar New Year's Day falls on February 10 this year.

In this regard, KCNA met Kong Myong Song, director of the Folklore Institute under the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences.

Kong said:

"It is a custom of the Koreans to make bows to elders and enjoy traditional dishes and folk games on the lunar New Year's Day.

The dishes for the day include rice dumpling soup, glutinous rice-cake, steamed rice-cake, pancake, sweets, fruit punch, sweet rice drink and roast. Typical of them is rice dumpling soup.

Folk games include yut-game, seesawing, top spinning and kite-flying.

Meanwhile, the Korean people would decorate their gates or sliding doors with pictures of ten long-living animals and things. Courtyards and village roads are lit by various types of lanterns."

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