A few days before “Daeboreum,” the day of the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, we held an exciting event in Gahoe-dong.
Traditionally, on Daeboreum, Koreans eat five-grain rice and take a bite of bureom (nuts and small, hard-shelled fruit) and spit it out, believing that it will prevent boils for the year. People also used to drink “ear-quickening wine,” make a wish at the full moon from the top of a hill at night, and make predictions regarding the year’s harvest.
Today, along with the members of the Bukchon Traditional Art Group, we “stepped on the spirits of the earth” to ward off evil and enjoyed a game of yut. It is my wish that, by raising our awareness of the traditional 24 divisions of the lunar year and wearing hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) on holidays, the citizens of Seoul will gain greater respect for tradition. I hope that all Seoul citizens successfully ward off evil spirits and receive many blessings this year. I wish you all a happy Daeboreum!