Friday, February 7, 2020

On the eve of 15th Jan of Lunar Calendar/元宵夜前夕~~

Dear friends, do you know why Korean have to eat peanuts & walnuts on the eve of 15th Jan of Lunar calendar ?
On the eve of lunar calendar Jan 15, Korean will take walnuts and ground nuts too. According to the traditional custom, after eating nuts, this will prevent to get skin disease; Korean will also drink a cup of wine, in order to have good hearing through out the year

五谷饭/Rice with five grains / 오곡밥...2020


On the Daeboreum (literally "Great Full Moon") is a Korean festival that celebrates the first fu五谷饭/Rice with five grains / 오곡밥...2020ll moon of the new year of the lunar Korean calendar.
Daeboreum (literally "Great Full Moon") is a Korean holiday that celebrates the first full moon of the new year of the lunar Korean calendar which is the Korean version of the First Full Moon Festival. This holiday is accompanied by many traditions. This year, it falls on the 19th Feb 2019.
For breakfast on Daeboreum, Ogokbap (오곡밥 / 五穀밥), a five-"grain" rice consisting of rice, millet, Indian millet, beans, and red beans is served . This is eaten with various dried herbs. One of the special foods of Daeboreum is Yaksik (약식 / 藥食). This treat is made of glutinous rice, chestnuts, pine nuts, honey, sauce, and sesame oil. Also there is drinking for Daeboreum. It called 'Ear-quickening wine(귀밝이술)'. This alcohol means that if someone drank this alcohol, he or she would be quick to hear and hear good news for one year.
One familiar custom is to crack nuts with one's teeth. It is believed that this practice will help keep one's teeth healthy for the year.
In the countryside, people climb mountains, braving cold weather, trying to catch the first rise of the moon. It is said that the first person to see the moon rise will have good luck all year or a wish will be granted.
Historically, people played the traditional game named Jwibulnori (쥐불놀이) the night before Daeboreum. They burned the dry grass on ridges between rice fields while children whirled around cans full of holes, through which charcoal fire blazed. These cans fertilized the fields and got rid of harmful worms that destroyed the new crops.
( sources : wikipedia )

Monday, December 30, 2019

Happy & Prosperous New Yew/新年快乐/새해 복 많이 받으세요~~

Planted the calabashes/bottle gourds in summer; harvested & dried in autumn; painted in winter. With my best wishes for all the friends~~
在夏季种葫芦;秋季收成和风干;冬季彩上金黄色。 献给朋友们温馨的祝福~~

Happy & Prosperous New Year/新年快乐/새해 복 많이 받으세요

Happy & Prosperous New Year for all the friends / readers....
恭祝大家 “新年快乐,万事如意”
2020 새해에도 항상 건강하시고 행복하세요.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

단팥죽 /(红豆羹/粥)/Red Bean Puree " Patjook

단팥죽 /(红豆羹/粥)/Red Bean Puree " Patjook
With my best wishes for "Happy Winter Solstice" to all of my friends ~~
恭祝大家 “冬至愉快” ~~
Red Bean Puree with glutinous rice balls is served on the winter solstice, we call it "Patjook" in Korean.
今年的 12月22日是冬至(동지 ),韩国人也在这一天庆祝这节日。华族在这一天搓汤圆,韩国人则在这一天煮红豆羹/粥庆祝冬至。。。。
The Winter Solstice Festival or The Extreme of Winter (Chinese and Japanese: 冬至; Korean: 동지; Vietnamese:Đông chí) (Pinyin: Dōng zhì), (Rōmaji: Tōji), (Romaja:Dongji) is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the dongzhi solar term on or around December 22 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term.
The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram fù (復, "Returning").
Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of Tangyuan (湯圓, as pronounced in Mandarin Pinyin: Tāng Yuán) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.
In Korea, similar balls of glutinous rice (Korean: 새알심) (English pronunciation:Saealsim), is prepared in a traditional porridge made with sweet red bean (Korean: 팥죽) (English pronunciation:Patjook). Patjook was believed to have a special power and sprayed around houses on winter solstice to repel sinister spirits. This practice was based on a traditional folk tale, in which the ghost of a man that used to hate patjook comes haunting innocent villagers on the winter solstice.(Wikipedia)

Friday, November 8, 2019


Dear friends, share with you the chrysanthemums from my garden in autumn ~

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Red Beans/红豆/팥

Dear friends, here are the red beans harvested from my garden~~

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween Day/万圣节/할로윈 데이

Harvested the pumpkin and carved the eyes and nose in triangle shape, lighted up the candle! Happy Halloween Day , my dear friends~~