Today, September 9, through Monday, September 12, are the public holidays in South Korea marking the Korean festival, Chuseok or hangawai (“autumn eve”). During this major harvest festival, celebrated on the 15th day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar on the full moon, this year on September 10, Koreans spend time with their families, paying respect to their ancestors with traditional customs and food.
Chuseok is a celebration of a good harvest, attributed to the blessings of ancestors, and a hope that the next year will be even better. Autumn, a season of clear skies, cool winds and good harvesting weather, is a favorite time in South Korea.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Korean colleagues!