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Harvest Festival in
Chusok, also known as
the Korean Thanksgiving or Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of
the most celebrated Korean holidays. Held on the 15th day
of the 8th lunar month, Chusok is often called a great day
in the middle of August. It occurs during the harvest season.
Thus, Korean families take this time to thank their ancestors
for providing them with rice and fruits. Chusok will be held
on September 12, 2000.
The celebration starts on the night before Chusok and ends
on the day after the holiday. Thus, many Korean families take
three days off from work to get together
with family and friends.
The celebration starts with a family
get-together at which rice cakes called "Songphyun"
are served. These special rice cakes are made of rice, beans,
sesame seeds, and chestnuts. Then the family pays respect
to ancestors by visiting their tombs and offering them rice
and fruits. In the evening, children wear their favorite hanbok
(traditional Korean clothing) and dance under the bright moon
in a large circle. They play games and sing songs. Like the
American Thanksgiving, Chusok is the time to celebrate the
family and give thanks for their blessings.
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