Friday, February 10, 2017

Make a Wish for Your New Lunar Year in Daegu, Jeongwol Daeboreum

Make a Wish Your New Lunar Year in Daegu, 
Jeongwol Daeboreum (정월대보름, the 1st Full Moon of the Lunar Year)

Last January, there was Seollal(설날, Korean Lunar New Year’s Day). 
This SaturdayFebruary 11th, it is Jeongwol Daeboreum (정월대보름, the 1st full moon of the lunar year). 
Seollal is for celebrating the lunar New Year’s Day. 

Then, what is Jeongwol Daeboreum and what will Koreans do on this day?

Jeongwol Daeboreum is a combination of the words Jeongwol(정월, a new month of the new year) and Daeboreum(대보름, full moon). It is the day for predicting the lunar new year. 

Long times ago, most Koreans worked in agriculture. The weather was really important for the agriculture. 
People started to predict the new year’s lucks to the full moon, and they thought that the full moon meant the radiance which cleared darkness, diseases, and disasters.
Recently, people have a special meal for the day and make wishes for the new year.

First, let's see what a special meal is for Jeongwol Daeboreum.

Bureom (부럼, Breaking Nuts)

On the Jeongwol Daeboreum, Korean have Ogokbap (오곡밥, five-grain rice) with various herbs ; Spinach, Chwinamul(취나물, seasoned aster), seasoned radish, seasoned bracken, and so on. 

Also they eat many nuts. Korean people believed that many nuts would keep them from the skin diseases and make their teeth stronger. They had these Bureoms for vitamins and minerals to protect from dry patches. Most of the Bureom is chestnut, peanut, walnut, and so on.

Every herb and Ogokbap makes a good harmony. I think vegetarians may like this meal. 

This time, let’s find out what we do on the Jeongwol Daeboreum.

●Duwipalgi (더위팔기, Selling My Heat)

Before the sun rising, on the Jeongwol Daeboreum, people called their neighborhoods and said "내 더위 사세요 (Take my heat)" to sell their heats instead of saying hello. 
This is for people believed that if the heat was sold, that person would not that hot during the summer. 
If the neighborhood noticed this and then said " 내 더위, 맞더위 (My heat, Reflecting the heat)", that meant the neighborhood would not buy the heat.

Dalmaji(달맞이, Viewing the Full Moon)

Long time ago, people held torches and went on the back hill to see the moon and made wishes for their good new year. 

Jwibulnori (쥐불놀이)

This is for eliminating harmful insects that is harmful to the crops. People burned some rice paddy or field. In winter, some insects spawned on the field or rice paddy. It was harmful for the crops. 
After burning some field, the ash made the ground fertile.

Jisinbalgi (지신밟기)

Jisin means the god of the earth. The god of the earth protects the house. People sing a song and pray their wishes with step on the ground to the god for the earth.

Burning Daljib (달집 태우기, Sheaf Burning)

This is making Daljib (달집) piling some branches and burning the Daljib to make a wish and eliminate bad lucks. 
There were some of Buring Daljib events in every year in Daegu. 
Unfortunately, these event has canceled for this year to stop proliferating avian influenza(AI). 
Maybe we can see this event next year. 

I hope every people to make a wish and have fun with Jeongwol Daeboreum's Bureoms.

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