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Yeongsan Samil Cultural Festival

Mar 2009 (annual)
The Yeongsan Samil Cultural Festival commemorates the brave stand of Samil peasants who rose up against the Japanese occupation forces on 1 March 1919 (the uprising is commemorated all over the country) and stars wooden bull fights - a more animal friendly version of the traditional live fight.
A highlight of the festival is a phenomenon known as the 'Battle of the Bulls' (Yongsan Soemori-daegi), derived from the days when real bulls used to be put to fight to the bitter end.

Nowadays, two teams line up opposite each other carrying wooden bulls' heads in a mock-fight, to the accompaniment of traditional folk music. There is also a tug-of-war alongside other fun games and events. Yeongsan Samil Cultural Festival is always lots of fun, as everyone relaxes, gets drunk and dances the night away.
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