Torch Fight

Torch Fight

February; 15th day of the first lunar month
Torch fights are still popular in some rural areas in Korea to celebrate the first full moon of the Lunar New Year ( Sol). Neighboring farming villages form their own teams and fight each other with torches made of burning bundles of straw. Young men and boys do the fighting, and the number of torches they use depends on the number of people in their families. A hill is usually the designated battleground, and the torch-bearers gather there and wait for the full moon to rise, at which point a gong signals the beginning of the battle.
The fighting consists of members of each team rushing their opponents, brandishing their lit torches. While no one usually gets hurt in this game, participants generally go home with singed hair and clothing.
See also Taeborum
CONTACTS:
Korea National Tourism Organization
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SOURCES:
AnnCustKorea-1983, p. 61
FestWrld: SouthKorea-1998, p. 11