Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Korean's 'Thanksgiving' Chuseok serves on Sept 30

Think about Thanksgiving Day for a minute and what comes to mind? Friends and family coming together, eating delicious turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes, laughing and telling stories -- all activities deeply embedded within American culture and tradition. 

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Well, like America, Korea also celebrates Thanksgiving, or as they call it Chuseok. This is a day that, also like American thanksgiving, is filled with culture and tradition. 

Chuseok is one of the biggest and most important holidays in Korea, coming after New Years Day and Dano, the 5th day of the 5th year. 

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Chuseok, falling on September 30th this 2012, is a time for gathering with family, giving thanks to ancestors for the abundant harvests, and eating delicious food while sharing stories. 

Although the origin is unclear, it can be traced back to practices hundreds of years ago. These ancient practices, mostly religious, centered around the presence of the full moon. The bright and beautiful full moon, which lit up the night sky, was considered to be a very meaningful event. 

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