Chuseok: South Korea’s Most Celebrated Public Holiday

In the west and other parts of the world, Christmas, Ramadan, Diwali and Hanukkah (just to name a few), are the most celebrated holidays. A time for togetherness and celebration, due to religion and/or cultural beliefs. But what about Korea?Chuseok 추석 (Korean Thanks Giving) is currently being celebrated in South Korea; with the official day as 4th October, but the day before and after are also included in the celebration.

This year Chuseok 추석 will be celebrated longer because of the weekend, and as Hangul Day falls on 9th October.

As this special holiday is centred around the culture and history of South Korea, this means that many South Korean families will take part in traditions, that will help them reconnect to their family roots.

Traditional Food

Songpyeon 송편

Photo Credit: 돼지보스

Is a half-moon shaped sweet rice cake that comes in a range of colours, and is stuffed with sweetened sesame seeds, pine nuts and chestnuts.

The dough is made out of ground rice, and the end product is steamed. Family members often gather together to make them.

Ancestral Visits

For those that know where their ancestors lived, they’ll go to the village/area and pay their respects at the burial grounds. as a fun family holiday.

Based on what my friends in Korea have told me, some people actually go out to eat for Chuseok 추석, rather than eating at home. So I guess it depends on their preference.

Chuseok 추석 2016

I was actually in Seoul during Chuseok 추석 last year, and I visited Bukchon Hanok village, where people were dressed in traditional clothing.

Have you had the chance to celebrate Chuseok 추석?

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