Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chuseok Day is Coming

Chuseok Day is coming. This year, it struck the calendar on September 21st -23rd Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Some schools and institutes are closed for a week. They don't have class on Monday and Friday either. What a long vacation! I think they decided to have a week vacation because most of them are going to their hometowns and it's impossible to go back home on time with the heavy traffic. It's bumper to bumper on Chuseok Day. Expect to drive 4 hours more than your regular arrival time.

What do people do on Chuseok or Thanksgiving Day? Most people go to their hometowns to celebrate Chuseok with the whole family. On this day, Myeonoris or daughters in law are too tired preparing some food. Most people visit the tomb of their ancestors to give respect to them. They also bring some food to offer and then eat the food after the offerings.

I'm just curious when they offer food to the tomb because they also pour some soju or korean alcohol to the tomb and light some cigarettes and put in front of the tomb that seems like the dead person is drinking soju or smoking.

1 comment:

Bernalyn said...

Thanks for sharing this. It feels good to learn more about Korean culture because I'm also teaching Koreans.