April 21, 2021
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Jongwoldaeborum—traditional Korean holiday

Date: 26/02/2021 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

In Korea, the 15th day of the first month by the lunar calendar is celebrated as a folk holiday called Jongwoldaeborum or First Full Moon Day.

On this day, Korean ancestors held various ceremonial events out of a simple desire for fortune and a good harvest in the New Year.

The events usually started on the 14th of the first lunar month, which they called the small full-moon day as compared with the big full-moon day, another name for Jongwoldaeborum. The small full-moon day events were mainly intended to signal the start of the year’s farming. On the evening of the big full-moon day, they welcomed the full moon. They climbed up hills or other high places near their villages and made wishes for a good harvest and fortune in the New Year looking at the round full moon. At that time, they believed that many good things would happen to the first person to see the rising full moon in that year.

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