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작성자 Supu
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I'm excited to share a special moment in my life with you: celebrated Christmas for the first time as a practicing Buddhist, right here in Chuncheon, South Korea. I was invited by some of my friends, and we enjoyed this wonderful Christmas with many known and unknown friends!

As someone who grew up in a culture where Christmas was not a major celebration, diving into the festive spirit was an enchanting experience. There is an exciting joy in the air, the streets are colorful and decorated with sparkling lights, and there is a wonderful aroma of newly fallen snow. This enchanting mood is highly attractive.

Being a Buddhist, my journey into Christmas was not about the religious connotations that often accompany the holiday. Instead, it became a celebration of unity, kindness, and the universal spirit of giving. In Buddhism, the teachings encourage compassion, generosity, and mindfulness - values that seamlessly align with the essence of Christmas.

One of the most delightful discoveries was the act of gift-giving. It was not about the material value but the thought and intention behind each present. Sharing tokens of appreciation with friends and loved ones felt like an extension of the Buddhist practice of giving without attachment.

When I went to this Christmas get-together, I enjoyed the warmth and companionship that came from people getting together to celebrate love and unity. It served as a lovely reminder of how similar we all are, despite differences in our upbringing and worldviews.

The festivities also offered a chance to explore the diverse Korean Christmas traditions. From the delicious cuisine to the melodious carols, every aspect was a cultural adventure. Participating in the exchange of holiday customs allowed me to appreciate the rich tapestry of traditions that make up our global community.

This Christmas has been a profound reminder that celebration knows no boundaries. It's a testament to the beauty of diversity and the power of shared joy. As I continue on my Buddhist path, this experience has added a new layer of understanding and appreciation for the various ways people express and experience spirituality and festivity.

Wishing each and every one of you a joyous and harmonious holiday season!

 

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