Culture

Custom of Welcoming the First Full Moon

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Lunar January 15 is one of the folk holidays celebrated by the Korean people from olden times. It falls on February 8 by the solar calendar this year.

Diverse folk games were played on the day. The most exciting was welcoming the first full moon. Looking at the rising full moon, people would say their wishes to themselves.

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It was said that the person who looked at the first full moon on lunar January 15 would have happy events; a boy will get married to a beautiful girl and a couple regretting they are childless will have a precious son.

Looking at the full moon, people would talk about that year’s farming in consideration of its color and position.

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Children liked most to welcome the first full moon on lunar January 15. They would overtake others to climb up the venue of enjoying the first full moon. Seeing the full moon, they would sing songs.

The traditional custom of welcoming the first full moon on lunar January 15 is still carried on.

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