Get to Know SEVENTEEN’s Official Fandom, ‘CARAT’!
SEVENTEEN is a South Korean boy-group that debuted in 2015, under Pledis Entertainment. Despite its name, SEVENTEEN actually has 13 members, namely, S.Coups (Choi Seung-cheol), Yoon Jeong-han, Joshua (Hong Ji-soo), Jun (Wen Jun-hui / Moon Jun-hwi), Hoshi (Kwon Soon-young), Jeon Won-woo, Woozi (Lee Ji-hoon), DK (Lee Seok-min), Kim Min-gyu, The8 (Xu Min-hao / Seo Myung-ho), Boo Seung-kwan, Vernon (Hansol Vernon Chwe/Choi Han-seol ), and Dino (Lee Chan). This group is divided into three sub-units, each with a different area of specialization: a hip-hop unit, a vocal unit, and a performance unit. Very talented, SEVENTEEN is considered a “self-producing” idol group, with the members being actively involved in the songwriting, choreography, and other aspects of the group.
Thanks to their talents and their hard work, at this time SEVENTEEN has become one of the most popular boy-groups. Of course, this is also inseparable from the help they get from their fans, ‘CARATS’, who always support and give their love to SEVENTEEN.
SEVENTEEN’s Fandom Name
In 2016, from February 5 to February 12, the group created a poll on their official website to determine their official fandom name. Fans could vote for one of the six potential names, TINKER BELL, TINVELY, WISH, SAME, WENNIE, and CARAT. Each of them have their own precious meanings to SEVENTEEN.
CARAT brightens the DIAMOND called SEVENTEEN, the bigger the gem(carat) is, the precious the value. The more time that passes means that SEVENTEEN’s worth will continue to increase~
SEVENTEEN were like PETER PAN in wonderland (and the fans are TINKERBELL). They were always together, which means SEVENTEEN and their fans were always together.
This is a combination of SEVENTEEN and LOVELY, (we are SEVENTEEN’s lovely fans)
It’s been stated that fans and SEVENTEEN were the SAME, we both LOVE and TREASURE each other.
SEVENTEEN and their fans will accomplish their WISH/DREAMS, which is also a meaning we want to treasure~
W (we) E (expect) N (novelty) N (and) I (imagine) E (eternally)
On February 14, 2016, SEVENTEEN held an exclusive concert, ‘LIKE SEVENTEEN – Boys Wish‘, where they revealed their official fan club name following their performances for “Rock,” “NO F.U.N” and “Mansae.” Once the performance was over, leader S.Coups said, “We have an announcement. You guys made us shine so bright. So you guys are now going to be our CARAT.” CARAT (캐럿) sounds similar to the Korean word for “Carrot”.
On the 500th day since their debut, October 6, 2016, Pledis Entertainment shared an image on Twitter and Instagram of the group’s official colors, “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity.” They wrote as the caption, “SEVENTEEN’s fan club Carat’s official color has been announced. We ask for CARAT’s support and love.”
So far, SEVENTEEN already has two versions of their Official Lightstick,
— SEVENTEEN STAFF (@pledis17_STAFF) February 3, 2017
On February 3, 2017, SEVENTEEN released an image of their official lightstick on the group’s official Twitter account. It states that the light stick has Bluetooth capabilities. The light stick is a beautiful upgrade to the temporary light sticks, and features a pink diamond inside of a transparent, spherical top. This lightstick is named ‘Carat Bong’.
— 세븐틴(SEVENTEEN) (@pledis_17) July 29, 2019
On July 29, 2019, SEVENTEEN released an image of their official lightstick, version 2, on their official Twitter (@pledis_17) account.