It’s the lunar new year holiday once again and I’ve been busy cleaning the house! Tonight, we’re going to my first brother-in-law’s house and stay there for at least three days for the holidays. They say that the holiday is only for the men, children and the seniors as the women in the family will have to work really hard. I’m glad that my husband is the third son in his family 😉
It’s time to bring out the hanbok again. Hanbok (“Han” for Korean and “bok” for clothes) is the traditional Korean attire. There are different kinds of hanbok for different occassions. There are readily available hanboks in department stores, but people still prefer the custom made ones. My hanbok is my most expensive piece of clothing (but not as much to afford me a Wilmington NC real estate) and yet I only wear it once a year, during “seol-lal” or the lunar new year holiday. Last year, I wore my hanbok twice. Once for seollal and then for my father-in-law’s 70th birthday. I would’ve worn it for a third time if we had the traditional “dol” or 1st birthday for my son but we didn’t.
The hanbok may not be as exquisite (and as difficult to wear) as the Japanese kimono but I always feel like a princess everytime I wear it. However, it’s really difficult to work while wearing it. I’m also okay that I don’t have to wear it a lot since the dry cleaning is soooo expensive!
We purchased my hanbok as a complete set, with two underwears, an overcoat for winter, accessories and a pair of shoes that I lost. I really have to take care of it well, as I know I’ll never be able to buy another!