Get rid of evil spirits with dongji patjuk.
Dongji is coming closer. It is December 22 and one of the 24 jeolgi (the sub divisions of the seasons) in Korea. Dongji (the winter solstice) is the longest night and shortest day of the year. Meaning “a day that ushers in the following year”, Dongji was also called “little New Year’s Day.”
At the homes of commoners, porridge was cooked using red beans. We call it dongji patjuk (red bean gruel). Read beans are packed with fiber, protein and vitamins. Glutinous rice powder was rolled into small balls to be added to the porridge. We call it sae-al, meaning birds’ eggs because it looks like small bird eggs. It is, actually, a type of rice cake. ?There’s a custom that people should eat sae-al as many as one’s age. Offering the first harvest of the season to one’s ancestors and spreading red bean porridge on doors used to be a popular custom that?was believed to keep evil spirits away. These days, Koreans eat a bowl of red bean porridge to ward off evil spirits. If you eat lots of Dongji Patjuk, you can have a stomachache because of lots of fibers from red beans. To avoid a stomachache, you had better eat it with dongchimi (water kimchi).
If you would like to make your own patjuk, visit here?. If you think making it is difficult, they sell this at any rice cake shop or the franchise rice cake cafes or just Bonjuk.