Harvest Moon Festival

South Korea National Holiday in South Korea

South Korea
Gyeongbok Palace - Seoul Korea Deposit Photos

When is Harvest Festival?

Year Weekday Date
2017 Wednesday October 4th
2016 Thursday September 15th
2015 Sunday September 27th
2014 Sunday September 7th
2013 Thursday September 19th

The Harvest Moon Festival, or Chuseok, is one of Korea’s most cherished holidays.

People mark the day by paying homage to their ancestors and celebrating with their relatives.

The festival is usually a three day public holiday. If the dates fall over a weekend, an extra day may be taken on the following Monday.

The Harvest Moon Festival is the busiest travel day in Korea with over half the Korean population traveling.

Most people visit family to prepare food, honor their ancestors, and cherish relatives both living and deceased.

One of the main Harvest Moon Festival traditions is the food preparation, especially of song pyun; a traditional Korean rice cake made with pine needles. The family members use the song pyun as an offering to their ancestors.

During The Harvest Moon Festival there is an offering ceremony to the family ancestors and visiting of family graves.

The Harvest Moon Festival is a reminder that families are connected and bonded in the same fortune.

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