Jeongwol Daeboreum(대보름)- “Great Full Moon”

First Full moon of Lunar New year!
First Full moon of Lunar New year!

Jeongwol Daeboreum refers to the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, which falls on the 15th day of the lunar calendar. On this day, traditions and customs are performed to ward off misfortune and to wish for a bountiful year. In 2014, Jeongwol Daeboreum falls on February 14th of the Gregorian calendar. In the morning, people wish for good health and fortune f…or the year by cracking the shell of a peanut or walnut with their teeth; they also wish to hear only good news during the year by drinking cheongju, a clear, strained rice wine. To celebrate this first “fullest moon” of the lunar calendar, people also share dishes like ogokbap (boiled rice with five grains) and namul (seasoned vegetables) with their neighbors. Other famous traditions for Daeboreum include jwibulnori and sajanori. Jwibulnori, or 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 the more festive tradition. For sajanori, men form a parade wearing lion masks. Perhaps the most celebrated tradition is dalmaji, which is visiting high places to view the full moon with friends and family.

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