The Fire Festival in Jeju Island or as it is named in Korea Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is a national holiday that is celebrated on the first full moon of the Korean lunar calendar.
The core of the holiday is the believers pray for a lucky and healthy year.
On the opening evening of the festival, an impressive ceremony is held: the burn of Daljip. This is a wooden structure which is built every year on the hill top. On the climax of the ceremony, the structure is burnt and the giant flames light the island’s sky.
During the three days of the festival, traditional sport contests are held. One of the contests is Deumdol which, in ancient time, was an integral part of the maturity ceremony of the island’s residents. In the unusual contest, the competitors carry a stone of 130 kg in their hands. The competitor who passes the longest distance is the winner.
The festival reaches its climax in traditional events, various culture shows and shooting fireworks which are held in the evening.