홀수가 겹치는 날

ekdog2

Senior Member
English- Estados Unidos
Hello,

I am having some difficulty understanding the following sentence. Can someone help explain them to me?
1) 또한 계절 풍속을 보면 홀수가 겹치는 날을 아주 좋은 날로 여겼다는 것을 알 수 있습니다.
The part that I am not so sure about is "홀수가 겹치는 날". Does that just mean "odd-number days" or "days that overlap odd numbers"?


Thanks.
 
  • pcy0308

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Hello ekdog2,
    "홀수가 겹치다" would literally be translated as "overlapping odd numbers" but here, it refers to a date that has both its month and day of the month as odd numbers: for example, January 1st (1월 1일), March 3rd (3월 3일), May 5th (5월 5일), July 7th (7월 7일), September 9th (9월 9일). As you can see, these dates have both odd-number months and days, which are considered as a good omen, an auspicious occasion.

    Just a side note, this has to do with the ancient Korean/Chinese philosophy of yin and yang (음양/陰陽). "홀수", once understood as "陽數 (literally yang-number)", was thought to have positive energy, so those dates having both odd-number month and odd-number day were considered lucky, auspicious, good omen. Hope this helps.
     
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