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Chuseok Festival – 2009

Sat, Oct 3, 2009

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Chuseok - 2009

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Chuseok is one of Korea’s most largely celebrated holidays. It is a time when families and friends gather to share food and enjoy their time together, giving thanks to their ancestors for the year’s bountiful harvests. This year, Korea’s representative traditional holiday of Chuseok falls on September 14th of the solar calendar. It will last three days, from September 13th to September 15th and marks a prime opportunity for foreign visitors to tour Korea’s cities and experience Korea’s culture while all the bustling crowds are away visiting family relatives. Let us look a little deeper in to what Chuseok represents for Koreans.

As one of Korea’s three major holidays, the other two being Seollal (New Year’s Day) and Dano (the 5th of the 5th month of the year according to the lunar calendar), Chuseok is also referred to as Hangawi, which means the very middle of August, or August 15th according to the lunar calendar. As an agrarian society throughout history, Hangawi was the day in which Koreans thanked the ancestors for the year’s harvest and shared their abundance with family and friends. Although the exact origin of Chuseok is unclear, Chuseok can be traced back to a religion related to the moon from ancient times. The sun was considered natural, but the full moon that came once a month to brighten the dark night was seen as a grateful presence. Therefore, festivities took place on the day of the largest full moon, on August 15th of the lunar calendar, and thus became, and is to this day, one of the most important days of celebration.

On the morning of Chuseok Day, Songpyeon (type of Korean rice cake) and food prepared with the year’s fresh harvest are arranged to give thanks to ancestors through Charye (ancestor memorial service). After Charye, families visit their ancestors’ graves and engage in Beolcho, where weeds around the burial grounds are removed. As the night nears, families and friends enjoy the beautiful view of the full harvest moon and play folk games such as Ganggangsullae (Korean circle dance).

Chuseok is a time for rich plentiful harvests. Therefore there are many fruits and newly harvested rice with which rice, tteok, and drinks are made from.

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Чхусок отмечается в 15-й день 8-го лунного месяца. Осенний праздник Чхусок — день полнолуния, является, наверное, праздником, которого с наибольшим нетерпением ждут все жители современной Кореи.

Автомагистрали заполнены бесконечными вереницами машин, а почти все учреждения и магазины закрываются на три дня. Семьи собираются вместе, отдают дань памяти умершим родственникам и посещают их могилы.

Все стремятся отметить праздник Чхусок в родных местах. Заказы билетов на самолеты и поезда обычно делают предварительно за несколько месяцев до праздника.

Чхусок наряду с Соллаль является одним из самых важных праздников в году, это праздник урожая и благодарности земле за ее щедрость. Люди приезжают в дома своих предков, чтобы провести вместе этот праздник.

Если быть более точным, то праздник начинается 2 октября и заканчивается 4 октября — 2 дня, до и после 3 октября, берутся на сборы и дорогу.

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