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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Dongji

In Korea, the Winter Solstice falls during the 11th lunar month. Red bean stew with glutinous rice flour balls is a favorite seasonal dish, particularly on Dongji. This food is not only eaten as a means of warding off disease—it is also offered to the family ancestors, spread around the front door or gate of the house, and, throughout the year, prepared and taken to people who are in mourning. The color red is traditionally thought to repel evil spirits and all misfortune. More...
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an acquired taste
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:29:21 PM

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It's the summer solstice here in Oz.
Communal birthday? I know horses are all regarded to have their birthday on 1st of August, I've never heard of a human equivalent. Interesting story, thanks TFD.
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Sounds good....
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Any soup in the winter months is welcome but bean soup is usually on the top of my list...
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I love bean soup and damn the consequences! To your health!
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People believed that they could ward off evil spirits by putting a Dongji-bujeok (동지부적) - a paper with a Chinese character ‘蛇 (Snake)’ written on it - upside down on the wall. They also believed that if the weather was unusually warm on Dongji, many people would die in the coming year of infectious diseases; but if it was a very cold, snowy day, the coming year’s harvest would be a good one.

Koreans usually prepared Red Bean Porridge (Patjuk 팥죽) on this day. Bowls were placed in every part of the house - each room, the kitchen, barn, etc. – to expel evil spirits and offered to the family shrine to comfort the heavenly gods. The red color of the beans was thought to contain yang energy and therefore to be effective in driving away evil. For this same reason, people in certain areas would spray patjuk on walls and doors.

The exception to eating patjuk occurred if Dongji fell on 10 December in the lunar calendar, because to do so on that date was believed to be harmful for children.

Korean traditionally at Patbab (rice with red bean), Patddeok (red bean rice cake) along with Patjuk on both happy occasions and when misfortune occurs. To this day, the custom continues. May people still hold a ceremony called Go-sa, offering red bean rice cake to wish for good luck, prosperity and safety, before beginning something important such as starting a new business or construction work. It is from a belief that foods made with red beans grant your wishes. On a practical level, in terms of oriental medicine, red beans are great for red skin, fever or body aches, and they help relieve diarrhea, mastitis, beriberi, abscess, colic pain and some other illnesses.

http://www.korea4expats.com/article-dongji-winter-solstice.html

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