Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

January Full Moon!

Today is Jung Wol Dae Bo Rum, or the first full moon in January on the lunar calendar, and the first full moon after the new year.

Today you are supposed to eat some nuts, and a special type of five grain rice (oh gok bap).

The vegetables you eat are essentially dried ones that have been soaked in water for quite some time.  You make a bibimbap style dish with them usually.

The whole point is to bring good fortune and chase away evil spirits.  So at the very least go out to your local convenience store and buy some unshelled peanuts!

You're supposed to eat the nuts in the morning, crunching them loudly while saying 부수름 개 먹자!  You're also supposed to drink a small glass of special alcohol called guibal gi sul to improve hearing.

At night, villages used to celebrate with Ji Bool nolri, or the fire mouse can.  You'd take a small can with some twine attached, make a fire inside it and spin it around throwing sparks everywhere.  There would also be a big bonfire and people would sing and dance, called dal jip dal woo gi.

Outside of Wonju there is a small village that often makes a huge event of celebrating this and other like festivals.  It's canceled this year because of foot and mouth disease.

So to celebrate, I'm going to eat some cashews walnuts when I get home and drink some Max.  There is that bottle of Heaven's Hill I bought last month that keeps whispering sweet nothings in my ear, but I'll resist and save it for the new apartment.

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