Today(i.e 14th Feb.) is the 2014 Lunar New Year’s First Moon or Jeongwol Daeboreum (marked the 15th day on the Lunar Calendar). Today is a very important day in Korea, accompanied by many traditional rituals to rid of misfortune and to wish for good luck.
A familiar “Great Full Moon” custom is to crack nuts with one's teeth as it was believed that this practice will help keep one's teeth healthy for the year. In the countryside, Koreans would climb mountains, and fight against the frigid winter weather just to catch the first site of the moon-rise. There is an old saying that the first person to see the moon rise will have good luck all year or a wish will be granted.
Koreans also play a traditional game called Geuybulnori, the night before Daeboreum. They burn the dry grass on ridges between rice fields, while children twirl around cans full of holes is blazing with charcoal fire. These cans are filled with fertilizer from the fields and to help get rid of the harmful worms that destroyed the new crops. There are also many more activities and customs celebrated throughout the night.
On the morning of Daeboreum, Ogokbap , a five-"grain" rice consisting of rice, millet, Indian millet, beans, and red beans is served for breakfast. This is eaten with various dried herbs. Yaksik is a rice cake dessert consumed on this day. It is made of glutinous rice, chestnuts, pine nuts, honey, sauce, and sesame oil.
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