Chuseok - Harvest Moon Festival

South Korea National Holiday in South Korea

  • Songpyun are a traditional delicacy on Chuseok
  • Pine needles give the songpyun their aromatic taste
  • For these songpyun, the filling is roasted sesame seeds and brown sugar grated in mortar
  • Creating the Songpyun by hand

Chuseok Songpyeon - Sherly's Kitchen

When is Harvest Moon Festival?

How long until Harvest Festival?
This holiday next takes place in 114 Days.
Dates of Harvest Festival
Year Weekday Date
2020 Thursday October 1st
2019 Friday September 13th
2018 Monday September 24th
2017 Wednesday October 4th
2016 Thursday September 15th
3 Days
The Harvest Moon Festival is one of Koreas most cherished holidays

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

Chuseok is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on the full moon.

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.

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

Traditions of Harvest Moon Festival

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

In 2017, a record number of people - over 2 million - used Seoul's main airport during the Chuseok holidays.

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 songpyun; a traditional Korean rice cake made with pine needles. In Korean, Song means 'pine tree' and Pyun means 'rice cake'. A custom is that if someone makes the songpyun in nice shapes, they will have a beautiful daughter.

During The Harvest Moon Festival there is an offering ceremony to the family ancestors and visiting of family graves and family members use the songpyun as an offering to their ancestors.

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

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