Dano, when the hot summer weather begins, is the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar in Korea. At this time many Korean households hold ceremonies to pay respect to their family ancestors preparing tasty foods such as Surichwitteok.
Surichwitteok is Tteok (Korean rice cake) made with a leaf named Surichwi boiled and put into water with nonglutinous rice powder and together they are steamed. Surichwitteok is also named ‘Charyunbyeong’ because Koreans also eat Tteok made from mugwort instead of Surichwi; and as the shape of ‘Ssuktteok’ (the rice cake flavored with mugwort) is similar to a wheel, so it is called Charyunbyeong.
Dano is often named ‘Suritnal’ because on this day Koreans eat Tteok made from Surichwi; and when they do so they pray that everything will go well all the year round.
In that past, when it was the Dano festival, courtiers laid Jehotang which is the representative summer beverage at king’s feet at the Royal Court of Joseon. Jehotang, means a tasty and refreshed brain, is a tonic drunk by Koreans to stand the summer heat and improve their health. Jehotang satisfies the thirst and refreshes the mind and body.
Surichwitteok and Jehotang are the typical food and beverage respectively eaten and drunk by Koreans on the day of the Dano festival - surrounded by green and fresh Surichwitteok like a wheel and Jehotang, is the summer beverage imbued with the wisdom of the king.
So, how about enjoying healthy Surichwitteok and Jehotang containing the wisdom of the ancestors on the celebratory day of the Dano festival!
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