Mud Festival, an annual event in Boryeong, South Korea, takes place in summer every year. Boryeong is a city located about 200 km south of Seoul in South Korea. In this festival, people dip each other in the mud and play various types of games. However, the mud is not just any ordinary mud, but mud taken from Boryeong flats, which is known to be rich in contents of minerals. Many trucks filled with this mud is then poured on the banks of Daecheon beach, where the Mud Festival is celebrated. This festival usually starts from the second weekend of July.
This mud, due to its mineral-rich characteristics, is used in making cosmetics. In fact, the festival as preciously conceived to be a promotional event for the cosmetics made from Boryeong mud.
The mud festival is not a one-day event, but stretches for up to 2 weeks. The first week usually receives a mild response. But the second week when majority of the population takes part in the event is more popular. This is because it is also attended by the western population of Korea.
Unlike most festivals, there is no supporting story or superstitions or customs behind the start of this festival. The Mud Festival was first organized in 1996 in order to prove that the Boryeong mud is safe and is rich in minerals, germaniums, bentonites, etc. Hence, the festival was first introduced for people to know more about the mud and the cosmetics. However, it received an excellent response, much beyond the expectations. Now, apart from the Korean population, many other foreign nationals too take part in the event. In 2007, more than 2.2 million were a part of the Mud Festival.
The people taking part in the Mud Festival have many things to do except for dipping each other in the mud. The organizers arrange for mud tubs, mud pools, mud prison, and various competitions in the mud for the entertainment of the participants and the viewers. Besides, there is a huge stage on the beach, where musical and dance performances take place. Many a times, colored mud is also used to paint the body. Near to the beach is a small market that sells cosmetics made up of Boryeong mud. It is expected that a record number of participants will take place in Boryeong Mud Festival 2011 and Boryeong Mud Festival 2012.