Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving
What is Chuseok exactly? Well, some people call it the Korean Thanksgiving. It’s origins are that it is a harvest festival. It always happens on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar calendar, which is Tuesday, September 21st this year.
On Thanksgiving in America, we celebrate the beginning of
the systematic genocide of native Americans our nation, as pilgrims in search of religious freedom came to a new land to convert or kill scores of native Americans in the name of their religion flee religious persecution, and start a new life in America.
Chuseok is similar in that Koreans give thanks for the harvest, and remember their ancestors in a ritual called jesa, which some people translate as “ancestor worship”. I’d say it’s more to do with remembering members of your family who have passed away, and giving thanks to them for their contributions to your life.
Happy Chuseok everyone, and I’ll see you in a week.
(Edit: Thanks to a commenter, I’ve found that this article is probably incomplete because I didn’t talk about the food. I’ll instead leave you with this link to the Ask A Korean Blog, where he does a much better job of explaining the food, and jesa in general, than I ever could.)