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Dano Festival

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Dano is one of the three major traditional holidays in South Korea, together with Seollal and Chuseok. The holiday originated from the Mahan Confederacy, a confederation of Korean states that existed more than 2,000 years ago. Also called Surit-nal, it is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. This year it falls on Thursday, June 1. On Dano, women traditionally wash their hair in water boiled with sweet flag, and men wear iris roots around their waist. Tteok (rice cakes) made with herbs are also eaten on this day. You can experience Dano and its related customs at the Namsangol Hanok Village or at the National Folk Museum of Korea. A variety of events are scheduled, including washing hair with sweet flag, making bows, fans, and kites, tasting herb rice cakes, riding swings and more. 


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