Baekjung

Baekjung

15th day of the seventh lunar month
In Korea the 15th, or full moon day, of the seventh lunar month is observed with Buddhist and folk agricultural traditions. Baekjung means "one hundred kinds," referring to the great number of fruits, vegetables, and grains that flourish at this time of year. There are Buddhist ceremonies at which samples of one hundred of these foods are offered to Buddha.
In farming areas, people celebrate this day as a "weeding party" often called Homi Ssisi or Homi ssiggi —"hoe cleaning," since, by this time in the season, most of the hard work of farming is completed. The farm worker judged to be the hardest worker is feted with a parade around the village. Then his employer provides food and drink for a village-wide party.
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SOURCES:
AnnCustKorea-1983, p. 129