Thursday, February 21, 2013

[Culture] Jeongwol Daeboreum Celebrations in Daegu

Jeongwol Daeboreum Celebrations in Daegu

Jeongwol Daeboreum is the day of the first full moon of the lunar year. On this day, traditions and customs are performed to ward off misfortune and to wish for a bountiful year. This year’s Jeongwol Daeboreum is February 24th of the Gregorian calendar. Moon-viewing events will be held at numerous spots on the night of the day in Daegu. Check the event schedule below.

(Image courtesy of Dachaeum Blog

★ Customs and Traditions of Jeongwol Daeboreum

• Drinking Gwibalgisul: A tradition of drinking cheongju, a cold clear, strained rice wine to wish for good news all year round. 

• Cracking bureom: Bureom are nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, pine nuts, chestnuts, and gingko nuts. A common tradition of Jeongwol Daeboreum is to crack a nut in your mouth early in the morning. This is believed to help strengthen teeth and avoid allergies in the coming year. 

• Sharing ogokbap rice: Ogokbap is boiled rice made with five grains. The rice is eaten with various wild vegetables and is shared on the eve of Jeongwol Daeboreum as it is believed to bring good luck. 

• Burning daljip: Daljip is a heap of straw or twigs. Burning daljip is a tradition intended to ward off misfortune and bring good luck. 

• Jwibullori: Jwibullori is a tradition of burning grass and weeds on dry fields and paddies after sunset in order to kill insect eggs and to fertilize the fields with ashes. The flames lighting up the night sky also make for a spectacular sight to behold. 

• Deowipalgi: Deowipalgi literally means "selling of heat." This fun tradition involves visiting a friend or family member and calling his or her name before sunrise. If they respond, they are then told, "Buy my heat!" The buyer is then responsible for absorbing all the heat the seller would have otherwise received in the coming summer.

(Source: Korea Tourism Organization)

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