Daeboreum (Hangeul: 대보름) is the day of the first full moon of the lunar year. It comes exactly 15 days after “Seollal” or the lunar new year celebration in Korea.
Traditionally, bu-reom (Hangeul: 부럼) or nuts are eaten to guard against boils. Also, Koreans prepare their rice with five different grains. This is called o-gok-bap (Hangeul: 오곡밥). “O” (오) means five; “gok” (곡) is grain; and “bap” (밥) is rice. These are:
– chap ssal (Hangeul: 찹쌀) or glutinous rice
– soo-soo (Hangeul: 수수) or sorghum
– pat (Hangeul: 팥) or red beans
– chajo (Hangeul: 차조) or glutinous millet
– kong (Hangeul: 콩) or beans
I got the above information from a Korean language lecture I attended in 2009.
At home, I don’t really prepare 오곡밥. I’m not a fan of sweetish rice when I had to eat it with Korean side dishes or kimchi. The closest I got to making 오곡밥 was this:
The best place to visit during “Dae-bo-reum” is Namsan Hanok Village. They usually have programs for this traditional Korean event.