Most of us here in South Korea are aware that there are holidays coming up next week, and some of us might even know the name of those holidays, or even what the holiday is for. So here's a little summary...
Next week is Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving.
Chuseok is also known as 한가위, (“Hangawi,”) which translates to “Harvest Moon Festival” and is one of the biggest festivals of the year. It is a three-day holiday here in Korea, and this year falls on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September. It is traditionlly a time for families to travel back to their home towns to pay their respects to their ancestorsand share a feast of Korean traditional food.
So what does this mean for us Non-Koreans here? Well...we also get the 3 days off (plus, if your very lucky, a bonus day off on Friday 24th). So that means a nice long holiday for some.
And guess where Farmboy, myself and our other South African friends Claire and Jono are doing for the harvest celebrations?? We are jetting off to Cambodia!! We can barely contain our excitement, 9 days full of sun sea and sand...this is what Teaching in Korea is all about isn't it? Getting to travel to exotic locations and explore the East :)
So for us here, we wish all of our Korean friends a very happy Chuseok!