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The biggest and most important of Korean holidays are Seollal and Chuseok. Seollal is the first day of the first month of the lunar year, and thus is an observance of the start of a new year. Chuseok comes on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, and is a big traditional holiday that developed out of Korea’s history as an agricultural society and is observed as a way to express thanks for the harvest in the harvest season.
Even today, like during Seollal for example, people travel to their hometowns to spend time with their families. As a result, bus, train and plane tickets for the holiday period are sold out a year in advance, and the nation’s expressways become heavily congested, and travel time that would normally take about 3 to 4 hours ends up with 10 hours.
Since Chuseok comes in the harvest season, everything is available in plenty. Also, since it comes on the fifteenth day of the lunar month there is a full moon for you to see in the night skin and pray to. Families enjoy Chuseok by talking under the full moon with hearts that are content.
A typical Chuseok food is songpyeon (송편), a type of tteok stuffed with beans, red beans, chestnuts, jujube, and other things newly harvested, as an expression of thanks. It is usually made by family members while they watch the bright moon the night before Chuseok. Supposedly women have pretty children if the songpyeon they make is pretty, so they try to make theirs as pleasing to the eye as possible.
The day before Chuseok families make songpyeon and prepare food for the morning, when on Chuseok day they offer it to their ancestors. Family members then eat and enjoy their time together. In recent years, however, a lot of people have been taking advantage of what is the longest holiday weekend of the year to take vacations overseas. Nevertheless, Chuseok is remembered in the hearts of Koreans as a plentiful time.
Source From: Arirang TV
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