In Korean weather forecast terms, the word 꽃샘추위 /kkot saem chu wi/ literally translates into the winter’s jealousy of the flowers blooming. It is a metaphorical term for the lingering cold weather in the blooming season between winter and spring.
Ironically, this term seemed to reflect Korean political climate at the beginning of Spring 2017. After six months of painful yet peaceful candlelight protests by hundreds of thousands of Koreans over President Park Geun-hye’s political scandal, President Park was impeached and dismissed. On the day President Park’s resignation was decided and announced, the country was filled with blended cries and screams from both supporters and opponents of the President. March 9th will become another historical moment following the June 1987 Democracy Movement in Korea.