Daeboreum


Daeboreum or the longer form Jeongwol Daeboreum (정월 대보름; 正月 大보름) celebrates the first full moon of the lunar year. This year, Daeboreum falls on 17 Feb 2011.

jeongwol daeboreum

Kids cracking nuts with ones teeth (Photo source: http://ch45.tistory.com/)


The first thing in the morning, it’s a custom to crack nuts with ones teeth as it’s believed that cracking nuts with ones teeth will strengthen our teeth for the whole year.

Dishes that are eaten on Daeboreum includes Ogokbap (오곡밥) which means five grains rice. The similar dish is Yaksik (약식; 藥食)  which literally means medicinal dish. It is made of glutinous rice with chestnuts, pine nuts and jujubes. It is usually season with honey. The word Yak can also means honey which was coined during Joseon Dynasty as honey is considered having medicinal benefits to the body.

At night, there will be bonfires and mountain climbing to see the first full moon of the lunar year.

See also
Seollal Customs
Happy New Year in Korean
Seollal: Male Idols in Hanbok
Seollal: Idols Born in the year of the Rabbit

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