Jeongwol Daeboreum(정월대보름) refers to the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, which comes on the January 15th by the lunar calendar. On this day, people practice several traditions to drive out misfortune and to wish for an abundant harvest of the year.
In 2014, the first full moon day (January 15th, lunar) falls on February 14. On the morning of every Jeongwol Daeboreum, people wish for good health and fortune for the year by cracking the shell of nuts with their teeth. People drinks Cheongju, a clear strained rice wine, wishing to have a good hearing and good news for the year. To celebrate this first “fullest moon” of the lunar calendar, people also share dishes like Ogokbap (오곡밥)) and seasoned vegetables with their neighbors.
Other famous traditions for Jeongwol Daeboreum include Jwibulnori(쥐불놀이) and Sajanori(사자놀이). Jwibulnori, or a playing with fire, involves burning rice fields and vegetable gardens to kill insect pests and to ease cultivation for the coming growing season. Sajanori is a more festive tradition. For sajanori, men wear big lion masks for a parade. Perhaps the most celebrated tradition is Dalmaji(달맞이), for which people visit somewhere high to greet the rising full moon with friends and family.
○ Customs and Traditions of Jeongwol Daeboreum
It's a tradition of drinking Cheongju, a cold clear, strained rice wine wishing for good news all year round.
Bureom means 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(오곡밥)
Ogokbap is a steamed rice made with other five grains (rice, Italian millet, sorghum, red beans, beans, etc), usually enjoyed with a variety of wild vegetables. Since it is believed to bring good luck, people share the dish with neighbours on the eve of Jeongwol Daeboreum.
Daljip is a heap of straw or twigs. Burning Daljip is a tradition intended to drive out misfortune and bring good luck.
Jwibullori is a tradition of burning grass and weeds on dry fields or 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 a spectacular sight.
【 2014 Jeongwol Daeboreum Events in Daegu 】
∥Jeongwoldaeboreum Dalmaji Festival in Nam-gu
-Venue: Shincheon Sports Square
-Date/Time: Feb 14(Fri), 2014 / at 15:00(The time of burning Daljip is at 6:05)
-Event Contents: Burning Daljip, Traditional games, Traditional performances
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∥Dalbae Dalmaji Festival in Dalseo-gu
-Venue: Wolgwang Waterfront park
-Date/Time: Feb 14(Fri), 2014 / 14:00 ~ 17:30
-Event Contents: Traditional Games, Experiential programs, Traditional Performances, Burning Daljip and prayer ritual
∥Burning Daljip in Suseong-gu
-Venue: Palhyeon Ecological Park in Gomo-dong(The riverside of Geumho River)
-Date: Feb 14(Fri), 2014
-Event Contents: Burining Daljip
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∥Burning Daljip at Donghwacheon in Buk-gu
-Venue: Donghwacheon under the Dongbyeon Bridge
-Date/Time: Feb 14(Fri), 2014 / at 16:00
-Event Contents: Burning Daljip
∥Jeongwoldaeboreum Event in Dong-gu
-Venue: The riverside of Geumho River under the Ansim Bridge
-Date: Feb 14, 2014(Fri)
-Event Contents: Burning Daljip
∥Jeongwoldaeboreum Dalmaji Festival for Celebrating 100 years of Dalseong
-Date/Time: Feb 14(Fri), 2014 / at 15:00
-Event Contents: Prayer ritual, The talent show, Burning Daljip, Fireworks