National Sentiment Associated with Jongwoldaeborum

This year March 2 is the fifteenth day of the first month by the lunar calendar which the Korean people celebrate as their folk holiday of Jongwoldaeborum.

It is one of their traditional customs to celebrate the day as a major holiday.

That day families prepare national dishes, notably ogokpap (boiled rice mixed with four other cereals), yakpap (sweet rice dish) and a dish made with nine kinds of dried wild vegetables, and share them with relatives and neighbours to promote amity.

The festive mood heats up all day long with kite flying, windmill turning, tug of war, yut (four-stick game) and other amusement games, which climaxes with full moon viewing.

As they enjoyed the view of the full moon, Korean ancestors prayed for the fulfilment of their desires.

The holiday of Jongwoldaeborum and full moon-viewing custom are listed as national intangible cultural heritage.

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