Traditional Korean Feast of plentiful Harvest, Chuseok

Chuseok, Harvest festival (Korean Thanksgiving Day), is one of the most important holidays in Korea. Chuseok is held on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar. On this day, a full harvest moon beautifully appeared in the sky.

Full moon
Full moon

It is a time of ”enormous movement” for Koreans, as they get back to their hometown, which are usually outside of Seoul. Family members whole from different cities gather together to share food and stories and to perform the ancestral ceremonies called Charye as a way of thanking them for a bountiful harvest. After the service, family members whole sit down together at the table to enjoy appetizing food.

A Chuseok Charye Ceremony
A Chuseok Charye Ceremony

What do Koreans eat during Chuseok

Family members made a diversity of foods during Chuseok to commemorate the bountiful harvest of the year, and one of the most important and delicious food which represents Chuseok is songpyeon(Half-moon shaped Rice Cake). Sonpyeon is filled up with sesame seeds or beans, and steamed with pine needles. The taste is a little bit sweet, chewy, and savory.

Additionally, Chuseok cuisines include traditional jeon (Korean pancakes) as well. Jeon are made by fish, meat, and vegetables and then slightly frying them with flour, eggs and a bit of oil.

 

 

Songpyeon(half-moon shaped rice cakes)
Songpyeon(half-moon shaped rice cakes)
Jeon(Assorted Korean Pancakes)
Jeon(Assorted Korean Pancakes)

What do Koreans do during Chuseok

Ganggangsullae (Korean circle dance) is performed by women which combines group with dancing and singing. They performed outside on the night of Chuseok under the full moon. It is registered as Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009 by the UNESCO.

Ganggangsullae
Ganggangsullae(Korean circle dance)

 

Have a fun on your Chuseok holidays!

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