Korean culture – Daeboreum Festival

Daeboreum 대보름

Daeboreum which means Great Full Moon in Korea celebrates the first full moon of the new year of the lunar calendar – the 15th day of the first month of the lunar new year.


Many customs and games are traditional on this day, which is also sometimes called the Great Fifteenth.

Daeboreum Activities

Historically, on the night before, farmers burned the dry grass on the ridges between the rice fields.This tradition dates to the old times when peasants were to burning the fields to rid the fields of mice and insects that would damage crops in the coming year.

These days, people hold a special bonfire and on Jeju Island, there’s an annual Daeboreum Festival, complete with bonfire and other activities.


Daeboreum Foods

Ogokbap (오곡밥), a five-“grain” rice consisting of rice, millet, Indian millet, beans, and red beans, is traditionally served on Daeboreum morning, along with various dried herbs.

Yaksik (약식) is one of the days’ special treats. It’s made of glutinous rice, chestnuts, pinenuts, honey, sauce, and sesame oil.

Bureom(부럼 )is a word generally referring to the various kinds of nuts that people eat on the morning of Daeboreum, such as walnuts, chestnuts, pine nuts, and peanuts.
Gwibalgi-sul(귀밝이술) literal translation `ear clearing cool wine`,  is taken when eating nuts. In the past, people believed that by drinking this particular wine they would avoid  earaches that year and improve their hearing so that wouldn’t miss any good news.
 Injolmi (인절미)is a kind of rice cake made by beating steamed glutinous rice until it is sticky, cutting it into square pieces and covering it with bean flour.



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