북한강 상류에 있는 화천군의 청정환경을 산천어와 연결하여 군의 이미지 홍보와 함께 누구나 즐길 수 있는 겨울축제로 화천군에서 기획하여 매년 열리는 축제이다. 2000년에 처음 시작한 '낭천얼음축제'를 2003년 새로운 테마와 이름으로 정비하였다. 빙판으로 변한 화천천에서 체험행사와 볼거리로 펼쳐지는 겨울철 이색 테마 체험축제이다. 주요 프로그램은 산천어얼음낚시대회, 창작썰매 콘테스트, 얼음축구대회, 빙상경기대회, 겨울철 레포츠 체험행사로 진행된다. 축제의 하이라이트는 화천천 낚시대회장에서 열리는 산천어 얼음낚시대회로, 전국에서 많은 낚시꾼들이 모여든다. 초보자도 참가할 수 있고 얼음을 깬 구멍으로 견지낚싯대나 소형 릴낚싯대로 쉽게 산천어를 잡을 수 있어 가족관람객에게도 인기가 있다. 그외 부대행사로 눈썰매 타기, 얼음썰매타기, 눈던지기 경기, 인간투포환경기, 빙판 인간새총, 빙판골프, 빙판골넣기, 인간컬링, 눈사람만들기대회, 사진 콘테스트 등이 다채롭게 펼쳐진다 [출처] 화천산천어축제 [─華川─祝祭, Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival ] | 네이버 백과사전
Korea is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world with over five thousand years of history. According to the original creation myth, the world we live in today is the work of the Heavenly Prince Hwanung, whose father was the King of Heaven.The Heavenly Prince asked his father to give him some land to govern, so the Father sent him down to Mount Taebaek. With him the Prince brought the Minister of Clouds, the Earl of Rain and the Chancellor of Wind. They also brought three thousand helpers.Under the shade of a sandalwood tree the Prince founded a holy city called Sinsi, the City of God. He put his Ministers in charge of three hundred and sixty areas of human culture, teaching them to grow crops and to make laws concerning what is good and what is evil.A tiger and a bear living in a nearby cave saw this city and desperately wanted to become human. Every day they came to the sandalwood tree at the center of the city to pray fervently for becoming humans.Hwanung saw their devotion and gave them instructions to remain in the cave and fast for one month, eating nothing but garlic and mugwort. The tiger was too impatient to stand the long and boring days in the cave, so he gave up and left, but Bear maintained the fast. At the end of the month she was transformed into a beautiful woman who became the mother of the Korean people.Her first son was Don-gun, the First King of the Korean people. When Don-Gun passed on the throne to his own son, he became a Mountain God. It is interesting that mountain gods are still worshipped today in Korea.Text by Steve Smith.