Chuseok (Korean: 추석), originally known as Hangawi (한가위) which means “great middle”, is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Like many other harvest festivals, it is held around the Autumn Equinox. As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food.. We offer the first food from the ground to our ancestors.
When we go back to our ancestral hometown, all our families gather and make foods and share stories what we had. For the food, there are several different kinds of dishes. One of the major foods prepared and eaten during the Chuseok holiday is songpyeon (송편), a crescent-shaped rice cake which is steamed upon pine needles. Other dishes commonly prepared are japchae, bulgogi and fruits. And even we gether together and play Korean Traditional game but… Nowadays we don’t play it a lot.
For this Chu suk (which was held at 10/8) I brought two of my friends to my house. It was Adib(Morrocan) and Park(Thai). First we went to my house and brought foods which we made for Chu suk. Actually, my parants and sister already prepared everything. We arrived arround 9 p.m and enjoyed wine. After having nice time with my parants, we slept early for next day.
Early morning, about 10 a.m( it was toooo early for us!) we went to my hometown name “An-Sung” At there, we met my cousins. They really welcomed my foreign friends. It really made me high also because lots of Koreans are afraid at foreigners. After short meeting, we went to peach farm to gain some fruit. As you can see,
we had fun there and after harvest, we had a chance to eat it al so ))
we ate and ate and ate…. My cousin gave something to eat and eat. Acutally it was really Korean style to offer foods to others so we enjoyed whole dinner together.
After eating, we suffered a lot because we were too full…. Anyway, we hang around all nearby place of the house and had fun )) Then came back to sleep.
Next morning, I had to woke up early to help preparing the ceremony to ancestors.
Than we went to grave to see my ancestors. Its traditional thing to bow to ancestors. We pray for our health, luck and something privacy to our ancestors.
This bowing is the last work to do for Chu suk ceremony. After that we ate again…. and came back to our sweet dormitory 🙂