New Year's Liquor(歲酒)

New Year's Liquor

Headword

세주 ( 歲酒 , Seju )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Holidays

Writer KimSangbo(金尙寶)

Seju (Kor. 세주, Chin. 歲酒) refers to any kind of alcoholic beverage consumed on New Year’s Day with family or neighbors for good health in the coming year. In an 18th century book, “Gyeongdo Japji” (Kor. 경도잡지, Chin. 京都雜志, Miscellaneous Records of the Capital), there is a description of this custom: "A meal served after the New Year greetings on New Year’s Day is called sechan [Kor. 세찬, Chin. 歲饌, New Year’s meal] and the liquor served along with it called seju. The liquor should be served cold, as it is an action of welcoming spring." In the “Yeoryang Sesigi” (Kor. 열양세시기, Chin. 洌陽歲時記, Seasonal Festive Customs in the Capital, 1819), the meaning of the word sechan includes serving the guests on the New Year’s Day both liquor (seju) and special festival foods.

The origin of the New Year’s liquor is considered to be dosoju (Kor. 도소주, Chin. 屠蘇酒, Hua Tuo’s New Year Liquor), as recorded in the “Dongguk Sesigi” (Kor. 동국세시기, Chin. 東國歲時記, A Record of Seasonal Customs in Korea, 1849), with reference to the ancient Chinese book entitled “Jingchu Suishiji” (Kor. 형초세시기, Chin. 荊楚歲時記, Seasonal Festive Customs in the Jingchu Region, 6th century).

New Year's Liquor

New Year's Liquor
Headword

세주 ( 歲酒 , Seju )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Holidays

Writer KimSangbo(金尙寶)

Seju (Kor. 세주, Chin. 歲酒) refers to any kind of alcoholic beverage consumed on New Year’s Day with family or neighbors for good health in the coming year. In an 18th century book, “Gyeongdo Japji” (Kor. 경도잡지, Chin. 京都雜志, Miscellaneous Records of the Capital), there is a description of this custom: "A meal served after the New Year greetings on New Year’s Day is called sechan [Kor. 세찬, Chin. 歲饌, New Year’s meal] and the liquor served along with it called seju. The liquor should be served cold, as it is an action of welcoming spring." In the “Yeoryang Sesigi” (Kor. 열양세시기, Chin. 洌陽歲時記, Seasonal Festive Customs in the Capital, 1819), the meaning of the word sechan includes serving the guests on the New Year’s Day both liquor (seju) and special festival foods.

The origin of the New Year’s liquor is considered to be dosoju (Kor. 도소주, Chin. 屠蘇酒, Hua Tuo’s New Year Liquor), as recorded in the “Dongguk Sesigi” (Kor. 동국세시기, Chin. 東國歲時記, A Record of Seasonal Customs in Korea, 1849), with reference to the ancient Chinese book entitled “Jingchu Suishiji” (Kor. 형초세시기, Chin. 荊楚歲時記, Seasonal Festive Customs in the Jingchu Region, 6th century).