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First Full Moon Festival
First Full Moon Festival photo
Period
During the full moon of lunar month
Event site
Expo Square and Jinju-ro in Seongnam-dong, Samcheok City, Gangwon Province
Organizer
Samcheok Cultural Center
Supervisor
Samcheok First Full Moon Festival Committee
Sponsor
Samcheok City
Contact
Dept. of Culture and Public Information of Samcheok City Hall (Tel.: 033-570-3224)

Overview

The First Full Moon Festival celebrates the coming of this year's first full moon with this region's unique gijuldarigi (tug-of-war), samwonje, a religious ritual service to the gods of skies, agriculture, and sea wishing for abundant harvest and big catch, and other folk entertainments. The first event was held at the boulevard in front of the old city hall building, the former site of Sadae Square, on the 15th day of the lunar new year in 1973. The Gijuldarigi competition is becoming increasingly popular among the residents, gaining acceptance as a unique folk event nationwide beyond Samcheok City. Gijuldarigi was designated as intangible cultural property of Gangwon Province in 1970. The First Full Moon Festival has moved beyond Samcheok City to become a national festival since its 68th celebration in 1978, and Samcheok Folk Entertainment Committee was renamed "First Full Moon Festival Committee." Jukseomunhwaje Festival was also renamed "First Moon Festival."

Details of Event

Events on the eve of the festival: Lantern event, fireworks, congratulatory event Folk culture/art: Saldae-saeugi, Pungmulnoli, Sulbinoli, Gijuldarigi (tug-of-war), Mangwolnoli, Daljiptaeugi, National phallic sculpture competition, dialect contest, byeolsingutpan Folk sports: Yutnolia (traditional board game), Ssireum (Korean wrestling) competition Ancestral rituals: Samwonje, Hajang sansinje, Sinnam haesinje, folk flee market, folk restaurant

Gallery

  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo
  • First Full Moon Festival Photo