K-Pop Stars Kept Busy Over Lunar New Year

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The Year of the Rooster arrived Saturday and brought with it Lunar New Year festivities from numerous K-pop acts. While most of the country went on vacation, a lot of Korean idols still offered entertainment over the holiday weekend.

Although it’s pretty typical for K-pop singers to release holiday greeting videos while wearing traditional Korean outfits, known as hanbok, rookie boy bands Snuper and Victon took it a step further. Both groups released performance videos while wearing hanbok, showing off their dance skills as they simultaneously commemorated the Lunar New Year. Victon, a recently debuted group and labelmates of popular girl group APink, performed to their song "What Time Is It Now?" while throwing in a few formal bows. Similarly, Snuper couldn’t resist adding a few Lunar New Year additions to the sleek choreography to their synth-pop single “It’s Raining.”

Red Velvet, who will release a new album Wednesday, also chose to celebrate the Lunar New Year traditionally. Through a video uploaded to their company’s YouTube account, four of the five members played a life-size version of yut, a traditional Korean board game, where the foursome acted as the pieces on the board.

Korean television shows were also filled with K-pop singers this Lunar New Year. One holiday special, Elementary School Teacher, featured non-Korean K-pop stars from groups like f(x), 2PM, Super Junior M, NCT and TWICE as they learned about Korean language and culture. Another idol-focused television special, Idol Star Athletics Championship, pitted young pop stars against one another in a variety of relay races. The show is held twice a year over Korea’s Lunar New Year in the winter and the country’s Chuseok holiday in the autumn. This event featured members of EXO, Seventeen, Gfriend, Red Velvet, BTS, Twice, A Pink, EXID, Monsta X, VIXX, and other K-pop groups.

And even though it was technically a holiday, not everybody got it off: GOT7 spent the Lunar New Year in California, where they completed their recent American tour and kicked off the busy 2017 K-pop concert season in the U.S.

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