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Koreans Celebrate First Full Moon of Lunar New Year Updated: 2013-02-24 14:23:28 KST

 Koreans Celebrate First Full Moon of Lunar New Year
On the day of the first full moon in the lunar calendar, Koreans traditionally offered food and music to the god of earth, who was believed to look after their homes, wishing for a good fortune.

"Jeongwol Daeboreum is when the first biggest moon of the year appears. There have been various rituals that wish for the health and prosperity of individuals and communities."

For Koreans, the moon symbolizes femininity and affluence.
Therefore, on this day of Jeongwol Daeboreum, which literally means the "Great Full Moon," Korea's traditional agrarian society prayed for a good harvest and individuals' fitness upon the moon.
Another custom to mark the special occasion was the burning of Daljip , which is a pile of twigs.
The event was intended to ward off misfortune.
Koreans also ate specific foods that carry special meanings.
On the eve of the full moon, Koreans enjoyed with their neighbors, rice containing five grains, Ogokbap , wishing for a good harvest.
Koreans also ate stored vegetables that had suffered through the cold winter, with the hopes that the food would enable them to well endure the summer heat.
Koreans these days still commonly continue the tradition of cracking Bureom , or nuts, believing the act will strengthen their teeth and prevent skin diseases in the coming year.
Heo Seung-ha, Arirang News.
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