Another famous Korea holiday is Jeongwol Daeboreum that will take place this weekend.
Jeongwol Daeboreum (정월대보름) is the 15th day of the New Year of the lunar calendar. This day marks the first full moon of the year. It is also known to be the brightest moon of the year. This day is celebrated with various activities to dispel misfortune and to wish for good luck.
Traditionally, fortunes are told, eating rice with 5 different grains, making wishes, and various burning rituals take place to celebrate this national holiday in Korea. Jisin bapgi is a traditional folk game where traditional instruments are played to wish peace and prosperity among the villages and families. Erecting a byeogaritdae is an activity using a long pole that is wrapped in straw to hang a cloth bag that contains different kinds of grains to wish for good harvest that year. Jangseungje ritual is another ritual to conduct a wedding for the totem poles that are usually at the entrance of a village. This ritual is taken place to help bring good luck and ward off bad spirits. Daljip burning is something many of you may have already seen. This is when a paper with the person’s name written on it is places on a branch and burned to bring luck. Gwibalgisul is an alcoholic drink that is traditionally drank on this day. This beverage should be consumed before breakfast because it is believed it will improve hearing. On this day, people usually eat rice with five different grains and various nuts to supplement nutrition in preparation for the nearing hot summer months.
One main place that holds all of these traditional events is the Korean Folk Village. They have started the event from February 8to February 16. If you get a chance to look into your area, there usually is some activity that is happening to celebrate Jeongwol Daeboreum. Check it out to gain more experience about Korean traditional culture and holiday.