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Dano Traditional Korean Holiday Festival-Updated Time

  • Jun 10, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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Update! I have just learned that the time of the Dano Festival has shifted slightly. It will now take place 1p-5p (rather than 2p-6p). Also, a post on Chowhound states that foodies should arrive early by 12:30p. Therefore, I will be there by 12:30p! I will be wearing the Korean t-shirt that's in the photo in the Dano Festival post. Find me! I hope to see you there!

Most recent Dano Festival Poster:

Chowhound Post:

Dae Han Min Kuk!


According to Wikipedia, Dano , also called Surit-nal, is a Korean traditional holiday that falls on the 5th day of the fifth month of the Korean lunar calendar. In the Mahan confederacy of ancient Korea, this was a day of spiritual rites, and enjoyment with song, dance, and wine. Traditionally, women washed their hair in water boiled with Sweet Flag (changpo) believed to make one's hair shiny. People wore blue and red clothes and dyed hairpins red with the iris roots. Men wore iris roots around their waist to ward of evil spirits. Herbs wet with dew on this morning were said to heal stomachaches and wounds. Traditional foods include surichitteok, ssuktteok, and other herb rice cakes.

The persisting folk games of Dano are the swing, ssireum and taekkyon. The swing was a game played by women, while ssireum was a wrestling match among men. In addition, mask dance used to be popular among peasants due to its penchant for satirical lyrics flouting local aristocrats.

The Korean American Community of Metro Detroit will host its annual Dano Festival on Sunday, June 10th from 2p-6p at the Korean American Cultural Center at 2666 Southfield Highway in Southfield, Michigan. (Meetup keeps reverting to the airport. This event is not at the airport! It is at the Korean American Community of Metro Detroit Cultural Center in Southfield.)

Festival events will include a ceremony, drawing, Korean traditional games, and more! The event is open to the public. This is an all ages event. Children are welcome!

The flyer doesn't state that there is a cost, but I suggest bringing some cash in case they charge for parking, food, beverages, or merchandise.

I wasn't able to attend last year because I was in a seminar during this event. It's on my calendar for this year, and I look forward to it with great anticipation! I hope you will join me.

For more information, visit:

To see video of a Dano Festival held in Korea, please visit:

Look for me! I will be wearing the same Korea t-shirt that I wore in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot in the photo below. Also, I will send my cell number to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

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  • Sherri

    The Dano Festival was a great (FREE) Korean cultural celebration! I just wish that more of the group could have attended. It was an event not to be missed!

    June 11, 2012

No one went

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