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CHUSEOK is one of South Korea's traditional holidays, an important festival celebrated every year in mid-September that coincides with the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. Chuseok is considered one of the most important holidays in South Korea and is a special time when family and friends gather to share food and spend time together.

The main characteristics and customs of Chuseok include


1. CHARYE: One of the most important Chuseok customs, Charye is prepared with special procedures to honor ancestors. The charye includes rice, fruits, flowers, food, and alcohol, and is used to confess and worship the spirits of ancestors.

2. SEONGMYO: During Chuseok, families visit their ancestors' gravesites to honor and maintain them. This is an occasion to confess and pay homage to the spirits of their ancestors.

3. FARMING FESTIVALS: Chuseok is closely associated with the agricultural harvest period and is considered a time to honor and celebrate the harvest. During this time, farming festivals are held in rural areas, where folk games and traditional dance and music performances are held.

4. SPECIAL FOODS: Special foods are prepared during Chuseok. The most famous is a rice cake called Songpyeon, which is made with charred meat and other ingredients and is fun to make and eat with family members. Other Chuseok foods include grilled or hot pot, dalgona, and persimmons.

5. FAMILY GATHERINGS: Chuseok is a time for families to get together to eat and spend time together, strengthening family bonds. It's also a time for families who live far away to get together and share their love.

6. HANBOK: It is common for Koreans to wear traditional hanbok during Chuseok. Hanbok is a traditional Korean garment with beautiful designs and colors and is worn on special occasions.

7. CHUSEOK is one of the most important holidays in South Korea and reflects an important part of its culture and traditions. During this time, you can experience the beauty of Korean culture in many aspects, including family, ancestors, farming, food, and traditional arts.

추석(Chuseok)은 한국의 전통 명절 중 하나로, 음력 8월 15일에 맞춰서 매년 9월 중순에서 10월초에 열리는 중요한 축제입니다. 추석은 대한민국에서 가장 중요한 명절 중 하나로 여겨지며, 가족과 친지들이 모여 음식을 나누고 함께 시간을 보내는 특별한 기간입니다.

추석의 주요 특징과 관례는 다음과 같습니다:


1. 차례상 (Charye): 가장 중요한 추석 관례 중 하나로, 조상을 기리기 위해 특별한 절차로 차례상을 준비합니다. 차례상에는 밥, 과일, 꽃, 음식, 술 등이 갖추어져 있으며, 조상의 영혼을 고백하고 예배를 드립니다.


2. 성묘 (Seongmyo): 추석 때 가족들은 조상의 묘소를 찾아가 조상을 기리고 정비합니다. 이는 조상의 영혼을 고백하고 경의를 표하는 행사입니다.


3. 농사 축제: 추석은 농사 수확 기간과 관련이 깊으며, 수확물을 기리고 축하하는 시간으로 여겨집니다. 이때 농촌 지역에서는 농사 축제가 열리며, 이곳에서는 민속놀이와 전통적인 춤과 음악 공연이 열립니다.

4. 특별 음식: 추석에는 특별한 음식을 준비합니다. 가장 유명한 것은 송편(Songpyeon)이라는 떡으로, 이는 찰고기와 다양한 재료로 만들어지며, 가족들과 함께 만들고 먹는 재미를 즐깁니다. 또한 추석 음식으로는 각종 구이나 전골, 달고나, 곶감 등이 준비됩니다.

5. 가족 모임: 추석은 가족들이 모여 함께 식사를 하고 시간을 보내는 시기로, 가족 간 유대감을 강화하는 때입니다. 멀리 사는 가족들이 모이기도 하며, 가족 사랑을 나누는 자리입니다.

6. 한복 (Hanbok): 추석 때 한국인들은 전통 한복을 입는 것이 일반적입니다. 한복은 한국의 전통 의상으로 아름다운 디자인과 색감을 가지고 있으며, 특별한 자리에 착용됩니다.

7. 추석은 한국에서 가장 중요한 명절 중 하나이며, 문화와 전통의 중요한 부분을 반영하고 있습니다. 이 시기에는 가족, 조상, 농사, 음식, 전통예술 등 다양한 측면에서 한국 문화의 아름다움을 경험할 수 있습니다.

Traditional Lanterns

THE FULL MOON FESTIVAL, also known as the MOON FESTIVAL or MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, is a traditional East Asian holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. This usually falls in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is widely observed in countries such as China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, and among Chinese and Vietnamese communities around the world.

Here are some key aspects of the FULL MOON FESTIVAL:

1. MOONCAKES: Mooncakes are the most iconic food associated with this festival. These are round pastries filled with various ingredients such as lotus seed paste, red bean paste, salted egg yolk, and sometimes nuts or meat. Mooncakes often have intricate designs on the top and are presented as gifts to family members, friends, and business associates. They symbolize unity and togetherness.

2. FAMILY REUNIONS: Similar to other major holidays, the Full Moon Festival is a time for family gatherings. Family members often come together to share a special meal, admire the full moon, and exchange gifts.

3. LANTERNS: People, especially children, carry and light colorful lanterns during the evening. These lanterns are often shaped like animals, plants, or other objects. It's a beautiful sight to see these lanterns illuminated in the night.

4. MOON VIEWING: On the night of the Full Moon Festival, it is customary to admire the full moon. Some people go to parks or open areas to have a better view of the moon. This is believed to bring good luck and happiness.

5. DRAGON and LION DANCES: In some regions, there are dragon and lion dance performances during the festival. These traditional dances are accompanied by loud drumming and symbolize the chase and capture of a mythical creature that symbolizes good luck.

6. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Many places host cultural activities and events during the Full Moon Festival, including traditional music and dance performances, storytelling, and more.

7. LEGEND of CHANG'E: The festival is associated with several legends, but one of the most famous is the story of Chang'e, a woman who became immortal by consuming an elixir of immortality and then flew to the moon. Her story is often recounted during the festival.

8. SEASONAL SIGNIFICANCE: The Full Moon Festival marks the middle of the autumn season when the moon is believed to be at its fullest and brightest. It is a time to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for the abundance of food.


THE FULL MOON FESTIVAL is a significant cultural and social event in East Asian communities, and it carries deep cultural and historical significance. It is a time for people to express their love and respect for their families, and to celebrate the beauty of the moon and the bounties of nature.

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