Fortune Wrap(福-)

Fortune Wrap

Headword

복쌈 ( 福- , Bokssam )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Holidays

Writer LeeHyoji(李孝枝)

Bokssam (Kor. 복쌈, Chin. 福-, lit. fortune wrap) refers to cooked rice wrapped in dried seaweed or leaves of wild aster. Bokssam is a popular delicacy associated with the Jeongwol Daeboreum (Kor. 정월대보름, Great Full Moon Festival, the fifteenth of the first lunar month). Preparing and consuming these wraps during the Great Full Moon Festival symbolically represented wrapping and eating fortune and was a way to wish for a good harvest in the new year. The dish is also referred to as bokgwa (Kor. 복과, Chin. 福裹, lit. fortune rice) and bakjeom (Kor. 박점, Chin. 縛占, lit. tying and wrapping).

Korean people have developed an extensive range of wrapped foods and enjoy eating them not only because of their fine taste but also because consuming them is believed to bring fortune. In rural areas, farmers offer wrapped foods to their family tutelary deities in the belief that doing so will be rewarded with a good harvest in the autumn. In addition to being a sacred offering to guardian deities and ancestral spirits, wraps are a popular holiday food as well. Eating bokssam on festival days or on one’s birthday is supposed to bring one health and longevity.

Fortune Wrap

Fortune Wrap
Headword

복쌈 ( 福- , Bokssam )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Holidays

Writer LeeHyoji(李孝枝)

Bokssam (Kor. 복쌈, Chin. 福-, lit. fortune wrap) refers to cooked rice wrapped in dried seaweed or leaves of wild aster. Bokssam is a popular delicacy associated with the Jeongwol Daeboreum (Kor. 정월대보름, Great Full Moon Festival, the fifteenth of the first lunar month). Preparing and consuming these wraps during the Great Full Moon Festival symbolically represented wrapping and eating fortune and was a way to wish for a good harvest in the new year. The dish is also referred to as bokgwa (Kor. 복과, Chin. 福裹, lit. fortune rice) and bakjeom (Kor. 박점, Chin. 縛占, lit. tying and wrapping).

Korean people have developed an extensive range of wrapped foods and enjoy eating them not only because of their fine taste but also because consuming them is believed to bring fortune. In rural areas, farmers offer wrapped foods to their family tutelary deities in the belief that doing so will be rewarded with a good harvest in the autumn. In addition to being a sacred offering to guardian deities and ancestral spirits, wraps are a popular holiday food as well. Eating bokssam on festival days or on one’s birthday is supposed to bring one health and longevity.