Jeju Field-Burning Festival, one of the landmark celebrations of Jeju Island, will kick off on March 8th at Saebyeol Oreum (a monticule named Saebyeol) in Aewol-eup, Jeju-si.
The festival offers a chance to experience unique local traditions of Jeju like ‘Setting Oreum on Fire’ and ‘Deumdol (Rock) Lifting’ , as well as famous Korean folk games like ‘Pungmulnori’ (farmer’s quartet) and ‘Ganggangsullae’ (women’s circle dance).
Since 1997, the festival has coincided with Korean traditional holiday Jeongwol Daeboreum (January 15th on lunar calendar). Starting from this year, however, the festival will be pushed back to March, and will be free of charge for anyone who comes to visit Saebyeol Oreum.
* Setting Oreum on Fire (Setting Fire on a Monticule)
Setting Oreum on Fire is an agricultural tradition on Jeju Island. Burning the pasture on a monticule is meant to control and exterminate weeds and pests. The sight of a monticule on fire is truly amazing.
* Deumdol (Rock) Lifting
Deumdol Lifting is a traditional rite of passage on Jeju Island. A big rock called Deumdol is placed at the entrance of a village, and young men of the village try to pick up the rock to see who is the strongest.
Courtesy of: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province