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Jeoungwol Daeboreum 정월 대보름날

01 Mar

Jeoungwol is the month that starts off the New Year. During this period, people plan the year ahead of them and read their fortunes for the year. The Lunar Jeoungwol fortnight, meaning the biggest boreum, is at the 15th of the first lunar month.

Customs

Dongje
Although there are differences within rural communities, joint proposals designate midnight of the 15th of first lunar month as the date to celebrate Dongje. Households prepare memorial service fees by collecting funds and selecting a chaste individual to be the official at rites to pray for abundant productivity and for the peace of the village.

Juldarigi 
Juldarigi, also known as Tug of War, is a game that is played to pray for abundant productivity. Also called Juldarigi, Juldarigi is a traditional game that has been passed down from generation to generation. After making the Amjul and the Sutjul, which symbolizes the two sexes, teams are formed by village or district. According to tradition, the Amjul must win to have a year of abundance.

Jisinbalgi
Jisinbalgi is another tradition to pray for abundance. A group with musical instruments visits each house to pray for a year of abundance.

Buseureom
Buseureom is a personal ceremony where people wake up early on Daeboreum day and chew on chestnuts, walnuts, and peanuts to ask for a year without boils. Also during this day, people call on each other and say ‘buy my heat.’ It is believed that by doing this, people will not suffer from heat that year.

Dalmaji
Dalmji implies climbing up a high place early in the evening to watch the moon. They say that luck will follow the person who sees the moon first. People also tell their fortunes for the year by watching the shape, size, height, and surge of the moon.

Dietary Customs

During Jeongwol Daeboreum, people eat Ogokbap with dry herbs. The tradition is that after preparing potherbs (braken, chwinamul, chamnamul, muknamul, dried pumpkin, mushiregi, torandae) during the spring, summer, and winter, people attain energy by eating ogokbap with dry herbs on Jeongwol; the day that starts off the New Year. 

Doraji

Doraji

Daraesun

Daraesun

Pimaja

Pimaja

Hobakgoji

Hobakgoji

Gaji

Gaji

vGochunip

Gochunip

                                

Sigeumchi

Sigeumchi

Honnip

Honnip

Kongnamul

Kongnamul

Naengi

Naengi

Gosari

Gosari

Muugoji

Muugoji

Sukju

Sukju

Chwinamul

Chwinamul

Musiraegi

Musiraegi

Gogumasun

Gogumasun

Gobi

Gobi

Torandae

Torandae

 

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