Chuseok, a Korean Holiday

Many of our international students at Hancock International College are from South Korea and so we would love to share some information about this holiday to all of our ESL students. I personally think fondly on the holiday as when I taught in Korea I had just arrived in the country. I did not know anyone yet, so my boss invited me to his family’s place. His parents enjoyed having me as I ate everything they put in front of me without any hesitation even though I had no idea what it was. Of course it was delicious and really appreciated their hospitality. Public Holidays Global gives some great information on the holiday.

Publicholidays.co.kr explains, “Chuseok is one of the largest and most widely celebrated holidays in South Korea. This holiday is a time of happiness and reconnecting as families gather, chat, and have great feasts. The primary reason for Chuseok in South Korea is to honour ancestors and deceased relatives, but the holiday also serves the purpose of keeping the family together in a time when work and other obligations may separate people. Traditionally, Chuseok also allowed South Koreans to celebrate the Autumn harvest after a season of hard work. Chuseok is held on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar, or the fall equinox.”

So Chuseok will be celebrated on September 12th through the 14th of 2019. To summarize publicholidays.co.kr, there are many traditions associated with the holiday such as going back to where their family came from, honor their ancestors with offering of food and saying a prayer, visit the burial grounds or the remains of their ancestors where they will clean the gravesite as well as do weeding and gardening, have a family feast, buy new clothes (before the holiday begins), do Ssireum (a wrestling type of sport), and perform Ganggangsullae (a traditional dance while wearing traditional clothes).

Check out the full article with more details on all of the Chuseok traditions with the link below!

Full Article: https://publicholidays.co.kr/chuseok/#

Idiom of the Day

Break a leg

Meaning: good luck. Sounds strange? Coming from superstitious performance artists who believed that saying “good luck” would in fact jinx the performer into having bad luck. So performers would say “break a leg” so that they would actually have good luck instead.

Example: Before going up to give his presentation, John’s buddy told him to “break a leg”.