Great Full Moon

Today marks Daeboreum (대보름), the first full moon following Soellal (설날), the Korean lunar new year. Traditionally people eat nuts to avoid hives and will apparently crack them open with their teeth as it is believed to keep teeth strong and healthy throughout the year. I read somewhere that in the countryside many Koreans will go out and climb mountains in an attempt to spot the full moon as it rises. Some say that the first person to see the full moon will be blessed with a year of good luck and will be granted one wish.

While I didn’t climb any mountains, I did manage to eat some walnuts and almonds…

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