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Lantern Festival

Gwandeung nori (Kor. 관등놀이, Chin. 觀燈-) refers collectively to all festive events, games, and performances involving lanterns held in celebration of Shakyamuni’s Birthday in traditional Korea. The historical origins of gwandeung nori can be found in Palgwanhoe (Kor. 팔관회, Chin. 八關會, lit. Festival of the Eight Vows) or Jeongwol Yeondeunghoe (Kor. 정월연등회, Chin. 正月燃燈會, Lantern Festival of the First Lunar Month) of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). Introduced from China, lantern festivals were slowly integ

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Monk Manseok Shadowplay

Manseokjung nori (Kor. 만석중놀이, lit. monk Manseok play) refers to one type of the shadow-plays performed on Shakyamuni’s Birthday on the eighth of the fourth lunar month. It is known by alternative homonymic names that differ from each other only by the Sino-Korean character used to confer the sound for the syllable “man/mang.” Some examples of such names include manseok nori (만석(萬石)중놀이), mangseok nori (망석(忘釋)중놀이), mangseokjung nori (망석(亡釋)중놀이), manseok suengmu (만석승무(曼碩僧舞)) and mangseokjungi nori

Korean Seasonal Customs
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