Happy Chuseok to all of my past, present and future Korean students and friends! Everyone has told me that Chuseok is one of the biggest holidays of the year, and it is very similar to the North American Thanksgiving festivals, to celebrate the harvest. Enjoy some time with friends and family, and eat some of your favourite food!
This Wednesday-Friday marks the Korean holiday of Chuseok. Chuseok is the Korean Thanksgiving holiday and celebrated every September. It’s a three-day holiday celebrated from the 18-20 of the month, with the actual Chuseok day being the 19th. During this holiday, families return to their ancestral hometowns and gather together – young and old.
Although the exact origin of Chuseok is unclear, the tradition may be found at ancient religious practices that centered around the moon. The sun’s presence was considered routine, but the full moon that came once a month was considered a special and meaningful event. Therefore, harvest festivities took place on the day of the bright, full moon or August 15 on the lunar calendar system.
On the morning of Chuseok day…
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