Bridge Walking

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Bridge Walking (Dari Balgi)

15th day of the first lunar month
According to Korean folklore, anyone who wants to avoid foot problems for the year should cross a bridge on the night of the 15th, or full moon, day of the first lunar month. Walking over 12 bridges is said to keep away bad luck altogether. Not surprisingly, Koreans of all ages are outdoors on this night looking for bridges to walk across.
The custom of bridge walking goes back centuries. It was particularly popular during the Middle Ages. So many people crowded the bridges that officials decided that men could cross bridges on the full moon night, but women had to wait until the next night. No one knows exactly how or why this custom originated, but the words for "bridge" and "foot" sound alike in Korean.
See also Taeborum
AnnCustKorea-1983, p. 65
FestWrld: SouthKorea-1998, p. 10