Chuseok Songpyeon - Sherly's Kitchen
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Dates of Harvest Festival
|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.
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.