We were already having a good time enjoying the lantern display when someone with us stubbed his toe while clicking the “Courtlady” in Theme 2 😉 Within a few minutes I stubbed mine near the Goblin Designs forcing us to stand and stare at this wall longer than other lanterns.
Theme 3: The Daily Lives of People
Even though I had included a shot of the Goblins in Part One, I couldn’t resist adding another. This particular photo brings a smile to my face because when I was clicking this photo, the focus settled on the three teeth of the blue Goblin. It was hilarious.
This was clicked from a footbridge and that’s why the trial is visible.
Samil Yuga refers to the practice where a scholar who won first place in a state examination wore silk clothes and a hat with an eosahwa (a paper flower presented by the king) attached, and visited the examiners, other scholars who won first place before him, and relatives for three days. When the first place winner arrived, drums and musical instruments were played from the village entrance to let everybody know of his arrival.
Show off !
My mother is a District Topper in JBT (year 1968), she should have had a celebration like this. After all Indian girls were married too young during that time and studying beyond 10th Standard was a dream for a lot of them.
I would definitely (if born at a different time) been the one beating the drum (pic below). I like to shout good things out from rooftops. Hell I don’t even stay quiet in bad times.
History is fun to read but the extent of hardwork every single thing people did every day can bring seat on our foreheads. No machines, gadgets, mobiles; everything was hands-on. This whole theme was full of lanterns filled with the daily lives of people in old times
A smith heating pieces of metal to make various tools, such as knives.
Most of the lanterns from Theme 3 onwards were facing the path on the left side (If we stand facing the stream from Cheonggye square) and as lucky as I always am, I ended up on right side for the most part 🙁
There were many other pics, including one of three women washing clothes. But since we were on the right side of the stream we caught their backs; it would have been inappropriate to share it on the blog 😉
Actually we realized it quite late that most of the lanterns were facing away. We managed to cross and click on the left side till Theme 2 but always mysteriously returned to the right side. By the end of Theme Two we were too tired and injured and there were not many bridges to cross the stream either. Even higher powers were working against us 😉
I hope you enjoy seeing the lantern photos and learning the history behind them. Let me know what you think about this festival! Theme 4 coming soon!