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  • Namsangol Hanok Village to host the First Full Moon Festival

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    Namsangol Hanok Village is set to hold its First Full Moon Festival on February 11, 2017. Rice balls made with five different types of rice will be handed out free of charge to early arrivers during the day, and performances will start at 5pm. The event will close with the burning of the “moon hut” and wishes for a prosperous 2017.

    Since ancient times, Koreans have observed a custom called jwibul nori on the day of the first full moon of the year. The custom involves setting fire to fields and rice paddies to prevent damage by blight and pests (such as rats) and making wishes for a bountiful harvest. The festival at Namsangol Hanok Village ends with the Burning of the Moon Hut event, which represents the repulsion of misfortune and the bringing forth of health and happiness for 2017. The event is accompanied by the burning of wish cards filled out by people during the winter solstice of 2016 and the lunar new year of 2017.

    In Korea, five-grain balls of rice are traditionally consumed on the day of the first full moon. Made with rice, millet, sorghum, adzuki and beans, they represent people’s hopes for a bountiful harvest of the five grains. Seasonal customs are observed in order to dispel bad luck and usher in a prosperous year with good health and a bountiful harvest.

    The First Full Moon Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

    ❍ Date: 3pm-7pm on February 11, 2017
    ❍ Venue: Namsangol Hanok Village
    ❍ Events
      ▸Performances: Pungmul, folk songs, and many more
      ▸Interactive programs: Writing down wishes, folk games, and more
    ❍ Admission: Free of charge; free/paid interactive programs available
    ❍ Inquiries: Namsangol Hanok Village (hanokmaeul.or.kr) 02)2261-0500

    Photos from the 2016 event

    Burning of the moon hutPungmul performance
    Five-grain rice balls handed out free of chargeVisitors writing down their wishes