Chuseok Korean Thanksgiving Day 2013
What is Chuseok?
Also known as Hangawi, or the Korean Thanks giving Day, or Harvest festival, Chuseok is another most important festival in Korea. It is held around the Autumn Equinox and is celebrated as a three days festival and holidays, beginning the day before Chuseok and ending the day after Chuseok. When is the Korean Thanksgiving day celebrated? Chuseok is usually observed on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar, which means that some Koreans refer to this as the festival as Hangawi or the “ides of August”, which is August 15 on the lunar calendar. This date varies from year to year due to the differences in the Gregorian and the lunar calendar.
When is Chuseok 2013 / Korean Thanksgiving Day 2013?
This day will fall on Thursday, September 19. It will start on Wednesday, September 18 and last until Friday, September 20th.
In 2014 the day will be celebrated on Monday, September 8th. It will start on Sunday, September 7th and last until Tuesday, September 9th.
What is the origin of the Chuseok/Korean Thanksgiving Day?
This day originated with the ancient harvest festivals when the ancients traditionally offered some of the year’s harvest to the deities and ancestors in order to show gratitude and pray for a good harvest in the following years. Today, Koreans celebrate Chuseok as related to worship rituals.
How is Chuseok/Korean Thanksgiving Day Celebrated?
This is a three day holiday in South Korea beginning one day before and lasting until one day after. Traditionally, Koreans use these days to visit with family and friends, visit their hometown, and perform worship rituals. Because of all the celebrations and rituals, much of the public transportation throughout Korea is crowded.
Other traditions include people visiting the graves of their ancestors to pay respect and clean the area and the tombs, giving offerings in the form of the loved ones favorite foods, drinks and flowers. Some of the different foods that are enjoyed during this holiday include traditional Chuseok foods like Japchae, which is Korean sweet potato noodles; songpyeon, which is a crescent shaped rice cake; and bulgogi, which is marinated barbecue chicken, pork or beef. Other than the traditions, the Korean people play folk games such as tug-o-war, Korean wrestling, archery, and Korean plank, which is a wooden board game played by women.
Happy Chuseok 2013 / Korean Thanksgiving Day 2013 !!!