Sooyoung, Jian, and Jaehoon here reporting on Korea’s Chuseok holiday and recent classroom celebrations.
This weekend is a major holiday called Chuseok in Korea. Chuseok celebrates the year’s harvest and lasts 3 days. It was originally called ‘Hangawi.’ During Chuseok people traditionally visit relatives who live far away and make songpyeon, a soft and flavorful Korean rice cake. In addition, young and old people wear hanboks, a traditional Korean clothing. Hanboks can have many different colors and patterns. Children often receive money from their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and others during this holiday. They put this money into lucky bags and they can spend it on whatever they like. This means it is a delight to have a GIGANTIC family!
The coolest thing about Chuseok is that we do not have to academies (Yeah!). You may not heard about this, however, South Korean children are some of the most stressed children in the world (studies have proven it)! This is because of endless after-school academies and massive amounts of homework. The worst thing about Chuseok is that we can’t go to school (crying children...jk).
Today at Younghoon, we had a fantastic Chuseok celebration. We made songpyeon to celebrate the holiday. Some of us made songpyeon shaped like characters and some of us made songpyeon with a lot of delicious stuffing. The stuffing of songpyeon is sesame seeds, black beans, mung beans, cinnamon, pine nut, chestnut, jujube, and even honey! In addition, most of us wore our Hanboks. Our classroom looked like a rainbow with stripes, butterflies, dragons, and even flowers dancing around the room!
We also played some exciting Korean games like Gonggi and Jegi chagi (Korean hacky sack) . At recess, we enjoyed dancing and singing Ganggangsulae .
Our classmates will do many different and exuberant things during Chuseok. Sangjun is going to Jeju-do (an island that is in the southern part of South Korea) with his family. Jian has plans to go to Japan and just relax with her family and cute little puppies. Sooyoung has quite a big family, and Jian does too, which is fortunate for us since we can get a big amount of MONEY!
Euiju says, every year, she makes songpyeon with her friends. She really enjoys making songpyeon and she even thinks the relationship between her friends gets better when they make it. She is probably going to do that again this year. Juwon is going to a foreign country. Yongseok will visit his cousin and grandparents.
As you can see, Chuseok is an important holiday for Koreans and our families.
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