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Day of Paekjung, Korean Folk Holiday

Pyongyang, August 30 (KCNA) — The Korean people have celebrated the day of Paekjung, July 15th by the lunar calendar, from olden times.

Paekjung means mid July when all the fruits and crops are ripe. The holiday this year is August 30th by the solar calendar.
On this holiday all families enjoy rice cooked from new crop and ripe fruits. And those in fishing villages catch fish or gather seaweed, laver and kelps far into the night with the help of torches.

Markets crowded with many people provide a spectacular. There peasants play ssirum (Korean wrestling) and various amusements to the tune of the peasant music.

Women start weaving contests from the day to Hangawi (the lunar August 15th).

Little girls dye their finger nails red with pulverized touch-me-not mixed with alum and blow ground cherries.

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