Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Americans in the United States! Not only must we give thanks to all we have we must also remember how our ancestors took advantage of the American Indians for land and greed (LOL). Anyways on this day of thanks, I'll like to inform those of Korean Thanksgiving.

Korean Thanksgiving or Chuseok (추석) is the most celebrated holiday in South Korea. It's usually celebrated in the months of September or October (so you probably missed it). For three days, many people travel back to their hometowns to visit their familys and the graves of their ancestors. Of course, the traditions vary depending on religions, but there is usually at least one family feast. Some traditional foods include songpyun, a half-moon rice cake stuffed with any number of ingredients and steamed on a bed of pine needles.

East Asian folklore often mentions the Moon or Jade Rabbit. The rabbit is often associated during Chuseok and is often depicted pounding a mortar and pestle on the moon. In the picture at the top, you can see two rabbits on the moon making traditional rice cakes while young girls dressed in traditional Hanbok dance around in what is known as the Ganggangsullae Dance.

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