My husband woke up really early on the morning of New Year’s day. He went to Acha-san (Mt. Acha) amidst freezing temperatures as he’d like to see the first sunrise of the year. I didn’t accompany him. He forgot to bring the camera and he said there were hundreds of people there.
Later at night, video clips of people waiting for the first sunrise of the year at beaches in Gangwondo and in the mountains of Seoul were shown on the evening news. People were gushing over how beautiful the sunrise that day was and some were even shown with tears on their eyes.
Is the first sunrise so much better than other sunrises that people react so enthusiastically the way they did? Or is it because people take things for granted that they need a special day to remind them of the world around?