Harvest Festival in North Korea in 2019

Harvest Festival in North Korea in 2019
  How long until Harvest Festival?
This holiday next takes place in 59 days.
  Dates of Harvest Festival in North Korea
2021North Korea Tue, Sep 21National Holiday
2020North Korea Thu, Oct 1National Holiday
2019North Korea Fri, Sep 13National Holiday
2018North Korea Mon, Sep 24National Holiday
The Harvest Moon Festival is one of Korea's most cherished holidays
  Harvest Festival in other countries
Harvest Festival internationally

When is Harvest Moon Festival?

The Harvest Moon Festival, or Chuseok (meaning 'Autumn Eve'), 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.

Traditions of Harvest Moon Festival

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

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 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.

The day before Chuseok is a very busy day for travel as people leave Seoul to go to their hometowns. On Chuseok itself, most businesses are closed, though some shopping malls and larger stores may open. 

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