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