Every spring, millions of people across South Korea gather to celebrate “The Day of Buddha’s Coming,” illuminating the streets with colorful lotus lanterns that symbolically convey the wisdom and compassion of the sage, while temples hold cultural performances and spectacular parades.
By early 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt foresaw the strong likelihood that American military forces would soon become actively engaged in the raging world war that had been going on for two and a half years.
Tteokguk, or rice cake soup, is a traditional New Year’s Day food thought to bring good luck (energy of yang) and longevity. The length and shape of the rectangular garaetteok rice cakes, which are the key ingredient of the recipe, reflect this fortune.
When you walk around Korea, you will quickly see the passion for food spilling over from stalls lining the street and small restaurants full of people noisily slurping noodles or preening away at a dish with chopsticks.