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Spazz Saturday #5 | Happy Chuseok!

Today, the festivities begin in Korea as the country celebrates Chuseok, (추석) the Korean Thanksgiving Day. For Koreans, this is the biggest and most important holiday of the year as family members reunite and get-together to share food and give thanks to their ancestors for the abundant harvest.

This year, Chuseok falls on a Sunday, September 30. However, the event is celebrated for three days, beginning today, September 29 all the way until Monday, October 1. During this period, Koreans usually travel back to their respective hometowns to spend time with their families, hold memorial services for their departed loved ones, and visit ancestral graves.

Photo credit: Visit Korea
A common sight during Chuseok are Hanbok, or traditional Korean clothes as pictured above. If you're into period dramas like me (think Arang and the Magistrate, The Princess Man, and The Rooftop Prince), then I'm sure you're pretty familiar with these. This custom is called 'Chuseokbim', and is still practiced up to this very day.

I think Hanboks are the prettiest traditional clothes. I am so enamored by them that I asked the husband to buy one for the little man. It's a good thing Hanboks are readily available at department stores these days. Originally, they are made-to-order and handcrafted by skilled tailors only.

I received the little man's Hanbok just now; it was brought home by Youngsuk unni. She's my cousin-in-law's wife and they're in the country for a brief, four-day vacay. And yes, she's Korean. I'll post a photo of the little man wearing his Hanbok later. For now, here's the aegi and I, sending Chuseok greetings to all our Korean chingus! Happy Thanksgiving Day! :)

6 replies:

Monica said...

I love this glimpse into your culture. Beautiful!

Franc said...

I learned a lot about korea's culture and their thanksgiving in your post. Feels like similar with how we celebrate Christmas.

Pepper said...

I never knew that about Korea... interesting facts there. Your fascination with Koreanovelas has definitely caught on with everything Korean :)

Animetric said...

I love how a hanbok looks too, I didn't know there was a version for boys. :)

MaryJane Tauyan said...

cool now i know what to call that clothes! i have a friend in korea too! they always wear this clothes for gatherings! xx

Unknown said...

Whoops! I'm a bit late for the festivities... but still, happy thanksgiving to you and your fam!