Title : KOREAN FOLKWAYS SERIES (5th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1540 
KPC#
C-1166 
MICHEL#
1564 
StanGib#
1841 
Scott#
1438b 
Date of Issue
08/25/1988 
Quantity
1,500,000 
Denomination
80 won 
Design
"Tano", a Korean Festival Day 
Designer
Lee, Hye-ok 
Image Area
26mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 20(4*5) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
The Ministry of Communications has been issuing in series, postage stamps depicting "Korean Folkways", in other to shed light on the roots of our culture by reviewing some of our traditional customs now gradually dying out. The following four serial stamps, designed with "Tano" as the theme are the 5th set in the "Korean Folkways Series".

Tano, a Korean festive day, which is on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, used to be one of the four biggest festive holidays. Korean ancestors regarded as special the dates with the identical odd-numbers of month and day, and all the traditional festive days fall on such a date. Tano is believed to have come into being as a May festival for praying for an abundant harvest.

Special events characterizing "tano day" include riding on a swing, wrestling, masked plays and lion dances. It was also a custom, on this day, for women to shampoo their hair with water boiled with sweet flag in it, and to pin the hair with a rod (binyo) cut out of sweet flag wood, and colored in red.