March 2, 2018
On the day of the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the year, the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is held in order to pray for good health and good fortune in the coming year.
This year the festival falls on Friday, March 2nd, and a variety of events, such as a Daljip burning (the burning of a large straw heap bonfire under the light of the moon), Jisin-balgi (stomping on the ground to comfort the god of the earth) and the performing of folk plays are being planned at a number of locations around Busan.
The Daljip burning, the main event of the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival, will start in each region at the times mentioned below.
List of Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival venues in Busan
36th Haeundae Dalmaji Oncheon Festival
Dalmaji Oncheon (Hot Spring) Festival at Haeundae Beach, 10:00am – 8:00pm
- Daljip bonfire lighting, 6:37 p.m. –
Haeundae-gu Office hosts the 36th Haeundae Dalmaji Oncheon Festival on Haeundae Beach from February 28 to March 2.
Visitor participation events, including public hot spring footbaths (Haeundae-gu Office, 10:00am-4:00pm), Korean traditional folk games (Haeundae Beach, noon-4:00pm), traditional Korean costume dress up and handicraft making (Haeundae Beach, 10:00am-6:00pm) will be held from February 28 to March 2.
The main event of the festival will be held on March 2 at Haeundae Beach. There will be an enormous daljip taeugi (in which participants burn objects in the shape of the moon) - which will be the highlight of the festival. Admission is free. (☎051-749-4063)
Events: Gilnori (Street Parade), Jisin-balgi, Gangkang Suwollae (Korean circle dance), Traditional Korean folk games - Tuho (arrow toss), Yutnori (traditional board game), Jegi-chagi (Korean hacky-sack), reenactment of boats returning from Oryuk, Daedong Nori (festival of performers and audience)
Suyeong Traditional Daljipnori at Gwangalli Beach, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Daljip bonfire lighting, 6:30 p.m. (Sunset: 6:20 p.m., Moonrise: 6:37 p.m.)
Admission is free. ☎ 051-610-4064
Events: Intangible Cultural Heritage Performance (Suyeong Yaru, Jwasuyeong Eobang Nori), Gangkang Suwollae (Korean circle dance), Traditional Folk Play, Jisin-balgi, Jwibulnori
Baekunpo Dalmaji Festival at Baekunpo Sports Park in Nam-gu, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Address: 106, Baegunpo-ro, Nam-gu, Busan
How to get to Baeunpo Sports Park: Take bus no. 22, 39, 20, 24 or 27 and get off at Baegunpo sports park bus stop or Baeunpo bus stop.
- Daljip bonfire lighting, 6:22 p.m.
Admission is free. ☎ 051-607-4062
Events: Jisinbalgi (treading on the earth god), Celebratory Performance, Dance and Music Performance, Wish Balloon Release, Traditional Folk Play
Songdo Daljipnori at Songdo Beach in Seo-gu, 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Daljip bonfire lighting, 7:00 p.m. (sunset: 6:20 p.m., moonrise: 6:37 p.m.)
Admission is free. ☎ 051-240-4062
Events: Sansinje, Gangkang Suwollae (Korean circle dance), Intangible Cultural Heritage Performance, Fireworks, Traditional Folk Play, Celebratory Performance, Gangkang Suwollae, food zone
Sasang Traditional Daljipnori
- Cycle Stadium, Samnak Park in Sasang-gu, 10 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Daljip bonfire lighting, 6:50 p.m.
Events: Flying Kites, Jisinbalgi (treading on the earth god), Traditional Folk Play, Korean Tug of War, Celebratory Performance
Geumjeong-gu Dalmaji Festival at Geumjeong-gu Community Field (Dugu-dong), 3:00 p.m. –
Daljip bonfire lighting 6:30 p.m.
Events: Jisinbalgi (treading on the earth god) , Folk Games, Celebratory Performance
※ Customs and Traditions of Jeongwol Daeboreum
• Drinking Gwibalgisul: A tradition of drinking cheongju, a cold clear, strained rice wine to wish for good news all year round.
• Cracking bureom: Bureom are nuts, such as peanuts, walnuts, pine nuts, chestnuts, and gingko nuts. A common tradition of Jeongwol Daeboreum is to crack a nut in your mouth early in the morning. This is believed to help strengthen teeth and avoid allergies in the coming year.
• Sharing ogokbap rice: Ogokbap is boiled rice made with five grains. The rice is eaten with various wild vegetables and is shared on the eve of Jeongwol Daeboreum as it is believed to bring good luck.
• Burning daljip: Daljip is a heap of straw or twigs. Burning daljip is a tradition intended to ward off misfortune and bring good luck.
• Jwibullori: Jwibullori is a tradition of burning grass and weeds on dry fields and paddies after sunset in order to kill insect eggs and to fertilize the fields with ashes. The flames lighting up the night sky also make for a spectacular sight to behold.
<Source: Korea Tourism Organization>