All Voices Intact!

The reason why Koreans turn to nuts during "Great Full Moon"
Twitter Exposure 390 | Facebook Impressions 243 | 2014.02.13 14:18

This story has been translated through Google Translate. You can help us fixing it by clicking ‘Help Revise Story’ tab. Fix it and share it! It's fun!

[Photo: Flickr]

Tomorrow, Feb 14, is the annual "Great Full Moon" day. Based on lunar calendar, it is when the full moon is supposed to be the roundest all year.

To celebrate this special day, there are a couple of traditions which Koreans faithfully observe--besides going outside at night and staring up at the huge moon slack-jawed like a wolfman.

One is that they eat what is called the "ogokbab (or five gokbab)," consisting of--you guessed it--five different kinds grain. 

The other is that they stuff themselves silly with all kinds of nuts, from pine nuts to walnuts to peanuts to even gingko tree nuts . 

And of course, no one knows for sure where this tradition stems from, but the one that has the most coinage is that because people had to go without a lot of vegetables and fruit during winter, main source of vitamins in the olden days, people resorted to making up the deficiency with the nuts early in the year.

These days with hot houses constantly in operation, we get to eat the sweetest strawberries in the winter, juicy watermelons in the spring and soft persimmons in the summer, but this was not an option for our forebears.

So if, for some reason, you end up in a place where vegetables and fruit are rare around this time of the year, go and get yourself some nuts and fill up on much needed vitamin and minerals.

[Ogokbab=Image National Folk Museum]
  • facebook
  • 1
  • twitter
  • RT 4
  • twitter send
#Great full moon, Nuts @wikitree #Great full moon
#Great full moon
Please select an account from Wikitree, Facebook, or Twitter.
Would you like to log on?
Oops! Hold on, please~
A message requires at least 2 letters.
Are you sure you want to delete the story?
You cannot delete a story by somebody else!
Leave your SNS comment here.- 1 2 3
  • AX_name | AX_date_ds AX_message_ds
  • X
  • Twitter RT ()
  • AX_tw_screen_name | AX_tw_created_at_ds AX_tw_message_ds RTReplyBest
  • Most Viewed
    • Orioles' Kim Hyun-soo records 1st double in three-hit game
    • SEOUL, May 1 (Yonhap) -- Kim Hyun-soo of the Baltimore Orioles picked up his first major league double as part of a three-hit game at home Saturday. Batting ninth and playing left field, Kim was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored through six in
    • N. Korea's April 23 SLBM launch ended in failure: officials
    • SEOUL, May 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea made a false claim about the April 23 launch of its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), multiple government sources in Seoul said Sunday, saying the missile is presumed to have exploded in the air. "It
    • Taxes spell additional problems for troubled shipbuilders
    • SEOUL, May 1 (Yonhap) -- Troubled local shipbuilders are now facing another problem with taxes that may further add to their record losses, company officials and market sources said Sunday. Local leader Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.
    • 6 out of 10 local firms post better earnings than expected
    • SEOUL, May 1 (Yonhap) -- Nearly 6 out of every 10 local firms that have filed their first quarter earnings had better results than earlier forecast, market data showed Sunday. However, less than half of them saw their stock prices climb following t
    • Seoul bans smoking near subway stations
    • SEOUL, May 1 (Yonhap) -- A new anti-smoking regulation that bans smoking near subway exits went into effect Sunday, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said. The regulation forbids smoking within 10 meters of all subways exits in Seoul. Violators wi
    Facebook Livemore
    Copy URL