Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chuseok / Chusok Holiday in Korea

We have been on holiday from September 22 - September 26 for the Chuseok holiday here in Korea. It is basically like Thanksgiving at home, on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar Korean calendar.

Nowadays, on Chuseok there is a mass exodus of Koreans returning to their hometowns, since hometowns are not only where one was born and raised, but where the spirits of one's ancestors are enshrined. One of the major foods prepared and eaten during the Chuseok holiday is Songpyeon, a crescent-shaped rice cake filled with beans and raisons.

On special occasions and holidays, Koreans wear a Hanbok. It is the traditional Korean dress. Characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets.

The kids at the school look so cute in them!

Here they are making Songpyeon, and it tasted good too!

There were a lot of games played throughout the day as well