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[Korean Fridays] Celebrating Christmas in Korea! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…

Christmas is a festive season celebrated worldwide, and Korea is no exception.

In this article, we will explore how Christmas is celebrated in Korea and provide you with some useful Korean phrases to enhance your Christmas experience.



LET'S START!


โ— If you're planning to celebrate Christmas in Korea or simply want to learn some Korean phrases for the holiday season, here are some useful expressions:


1. Merry Christmas (๋ฉ”๋ฆฌ ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค)


- Merry: ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์šด (jeulgeoun)

- Christmas: ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค (keuriseumaseu)


2. Happy New Year (์ƒˆํ•ด ๋ณต ๋งŽ์ด ๋ฐ›์œผ์„ธ์š”)


- Happy: ํ–‰๋ณตํ•œ (haengbokhan)

- New: ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด (saeroun)

- Year: ํ•ด (hae)

- Receive/Get: ๋ฐ›์œผ์„ธ์š” (badeuseyo)

- Many: ๋งŽ์ด (mani)

- Blessings/Luck: ๋ณต (bok)



3. I wish you a Merry Christmas (์ฆ๊ฑฐ์šด ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค๋ฅผ ๊ธฐ์›ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค)


- I: ๋‚˜๋Š” (naneun)

- Wish: ๊ธฐ์›ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (giwonhamnida)

- You: ๋‹น์‹ ์—๊ฒŒ (dangshinege)

- Merry: ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์šด (jeulgeoun)

- Christmas: ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค๋ฅผ (keuriseumaseureul)


4. Do you celebrate Christmas? (ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค๋ฅผ ์ถ•ํ•˜ํ•˜๋‚˜์š”?)


- Do: ํ•˜๋‹ค (hada)

- You: ๋‹น์‹ ์€ (dangshineun)

- Celebrate: ์ถ•ํ•˜ํ•˜๋‹ค (chukhahada)

- Christmas: ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค๋ฅผ (keuriseumaseureul)



5. What do you do on Christmas? (ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค์—๋Š” ๋ฌด์—‡์„ ํ•˜๋‚˜์š”?)


- What: ๋ฌด์—‡ (mueot)

- Do: ํ•˜๋‹ค (hada)

- You: ๋‹น์‹ ์€ (dangshineun)

- On: ์— (e)

- Christmas: ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค์— (keuriseumase)


6. May all your wishes come true in the coming year. (๋‹ค๊ฐ€์˜ค๋Š” ํ•ด์— ๋ชจ๋“  ์†Œ์›์ด ์ด๋ค„์ง€๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ฐ”๋ž๋‹ˆ๋‹ค)


- May: ~๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ฐ”๋ž๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (~gireul barabnida)

- All: ๋ชจ๋“  (modeun)

- Your: ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ (dangsinui)

- Wishes: ์†Œ์›์ด (sowoni)

- Come true: ์ด๋ค„์ง€๊ธฐ (irwojigi)

- In: ์— (e)

- The: ๋‹ค๊ฐ€์˜ค๋Š” (dagaoneun)

- Coming: ๋‹ค๊ฐ€์˜ค๋Š” (dagaoneun)

- Year: ํ•ด์— (haee)




โ— Now here's some tips to make the most of your Christmas celebration in Korea, consider the following tips:


6. Prepare small gifts or cards for your loved ones (์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ์ž‘์€ ์„ ๋ฌผ์ด๋‚˜ ์นด๋“œ๋ฅผ ์ค€๋น„ํ•ด๋ณด์„ธ์š”)


- Prepare: ์ค€๋น„ํ•ด๋ณด์„ธ์š” (junbihaeboseyo)

- Small: ์ž‘์€ (jageun)

- Gifts: ์„ ๋ฌผ์ด๋‚˜ (seonmuri na)

- Or: ๋˜๋Š” (ttoneun)

- Cards: ์นด๋“œ๋ฅผ (kadeureul)

- For: ์—๊ฒŒ (ege)

- Your: ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ (dangsinui)

- Loved ones: ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ (saranghaneun saramdeurege)


7. Don't forget to try Korean Christmas food. (ํ•œ๊ตญ์˜ ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค ์Œ์‹์„ ๋ง›๋ณด๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋„ ์žŠ์ง€ ๋งˆ์„ธ์š”)


- Don't: ~์ง€ ๋งˆ์„ธ์š” (~ji maseyo)

- Forget: ์žŠ์ง€ (ijji)

- To: ~ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋„ (~haneun geotdo)

- Try: ๋ง›๋ณด๋Š” (matboneun)

- Korean: ํ•œ๊ตญ์˜ (hangukui)

- Christmas: ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค (keuriseumaseu)

- Food: ์Œ์‹์„ (eumsigeul)



8. Attend a Christmas Eve service at a church. (ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค ์ด๋ธŒ์—๋Š” ๊ตํšŒ์—์„œ ์—ด๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์˜ˆ๋ฐฐ์— ์ฐธ์„ํ•ด๋ณด์„ธ์š”)


- Attend: ์ฐธ์„ํ•˜๋‹ค (chamseokhada)

- A: ํ•œ (han)

- Christmas: ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค (keuriseumaseu)

- Eve: ์ด๋ธŒ์— (ibe)

- At: ์—์„œ (eseo)

- Church: ๊ตํšŒ์—์„œ (gyoheoeseo)

- Service: ์˜ˆ๋ฐฐ์— (yebae)

- Try: ํ•ด๋ณด์„ธ์š” (haeboseyo)


9. Participate in events or festivals that showcase Korean Christmas culture (ํ•œ๊ตญ์˜ ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค ๋ฌธํ™”๋ฅผ ์ฒดํ—˜ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ์ด๋ฒคํŠธ๋‚˜ ์ถ•์ œ์— ์ฐธ์—ฌํ•ด๋ณด์„ธ์š”)


- Participate: ์ฐธ์—ฌํ•˜๋‹ค (chamyeohada)

- In: ์— (e)

- Events: ์ด๋ฒคํŠธ๋‚˜ (ibenteuna)

- Or: ๋˜๋Š” (ttoneun)

- Festivals: ์ถ•์ œ์— (chukje)

- That: ~ํ•˜๋Š” (haneun)

- Showcase: ๋ณด์—ฌ์ฃผ๋Š” (boyeojuneun)

- Korean: ํ•œ๊ตญ์˜ (hangukui)

- Christmas: ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค (keuriseumaseu)

- Culture: ๋ฌธํ™”๋ฅผ (munhwareul)

- Experience: ์ฒดํ—˜ํ•  (cheheomhal)

- Can: ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” (su inneun)

- Try: ํ•ด๋ณด์„ธ์š” (haeboseyo)




Now that you have gained insights into celebrating Christmas in Korea and learned some essential Korean phrases, you are ready to immerse yourself in the unique Christmas experience that Korea has to offer. Remember to embrace the spirit of love, joy, and togetherness as you celebrate this special holiday in the Korean way.


๋ฉ”๋ฆฌ ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋งˆ์Šค! (Merry Christmas!)


๋ฐฉํƒ„์†Œ๋…„๋‹จ  BTS (  source: Pinterest )
๋ฐฉํƒ„์†Œ๋…„๋‹จ BTS ( source: Pinterest )

As you enjoy the festivities, it's important to note that this year marks the first Christmas without all the BTS members, as they are currently serving in the military. However, their spirit and dedication continue to inspire millions around the world.


Let us send our warmest wishes to the BTS members, hoping for their safety and well-being, and eagerly anticipating their return. Merry Christmas and best wishes to BTS!




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