From olden times, the Koreans enjoyed hwajonnori as an important celebration in spring.
In order to fully relish the fragrance of spring when various flowers come into full bloom they set March 3rd by the lunar calendar as a holiday and enjoyed the day to their heart’s content. Then, they buckled down to farming that year. The holiday was called samjil.
They regarded “3” as a lucky number. So, on samjil when this number duplicates, they organized an outing with family members, or neighbours or housewives and made special dishes such as flower pancakes to enjoy the holiday.
The outing was called kkonnori or hwaryunori as they enjoyed the day among the flowers, and hwanjonnori as they had flower pancakes that day.
Hwanjonnori belonged to a folk play they had enjoyed since the period of the Three Kingdoms.
According to historical records, members of a family held a feast on the southern brookside in Jaemaegok Valley on March 3rd by the lunar calendar, and this was the first record of the holiday.
That day, women displayed their cookery with flower pancakes and washed their hair at the riverside as it was said to be helpful in making the hair beautiful and glossy. The main cake of the day was the pancake fried with azalea blossoms.
For its good shape and tasty smell, the pancake was also served at a wedding ceremony and other celebrations.
There were also sumyon and hwamyon among the foods of the holiday.
Sumyon was a drink, which is made by dressing azalea petals with mung bean starch dough and parboiling them in hot water and putting them in red-coloured honey water.
Hwamyon was also a drink, which is made by kneading mung bean farina, slicing it into thin strips and putting them in Schizandra chinensis water mixed with honey and spreading pine nuts.
They were the must foods for the season.