I almost forgot to post about December holidays in Korea.

It looks like the only national holiday this month is Christmas Day (성탄절), Seongtanjeol, which is on December 25th. Apparently Seongtanjeol is just the common name, especially among Christians, but the official name under Korean law is Gidoktansinil. And in a few short weeks, I’ll be able to post about Seongtanjeol/Gidotansinil with my own first hand experiences!

The other big day is Dongji, or the Winter Solstice. It occurs around December 22. One of the traditions in Korea is to dispel bad spirits. I wonder how wide spread this is, or if its like the Winter Solstice here and only celebrated by small groups. Again, in a few short weeks, I’ll be able to find out for myself.