Chuseok around the world in 2020

Chuseok around the world in 2020
  How long until Chuseok?
This holiday next takes place in 315 days in South Korea.
  Dates of Chuseok around the world
2021 Various Sep 20, Sep 21, Sep 22
North KoreaTue, Sep 21National Holiday
South Korea Sep 20, Sep 21, Sep 22
South KoreaWed, Sep 22National Holiday
South KoreaTue, Sep 21National Holiday
South KoreaMon, Sep 20National Holiday
2020 Various Sep 30, Oct 1, Oct 2
North KoreaThu, Oct 1National Holiday
South Korea Sep 30, Oct 1, Oct 2
South KoreaFri, Oct 2National Holiday
South KoreaThu, Oct 1National Holiday
South KoreaWed, Sep 30National Holiday
2019 Various Sep 12, Sep 13, Sep 14
North KoreaFri, Sep 13National Holiday
South Korea Sep 12, Sep 13, Sep 14
South KoreaSat, Sep 14National Holiday
South KoreaFri, Sep 13National Holiday
South KoreaThu, Sep 12National Holiday
2018 Various Sep 23, Sep 24, Sep 25, Sep 26
North KoreaMon, Sep 24National Holiday
South Korea Sep 23, Sep 24, Sep 25, Sep 26
South KoreaWed, Sep 26National Holiday
South KoreaTue, Sep 25National Holiday
South KoreaMon, Sep 24National Holiday
South KoreaSun, Sep 23National Holiday
2017 South KoreaOct 2, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6
South Korea Fri, Oct 6National Holiday
South Korea Thu, Oct 5National Holiday
South Korea Wed, Oct 4National Holiday
South Korea Mon, Oct 2Government Holiday
  Summary
Chuseok, the Harvest Moon Festival is one of Korea's most cherished holidays
  Which countries observe Chuseok in 2020?
North Korea  North KoreaOct 1National Holiday
South Korea  South KoreaSep 30, Oct 1, Oct 2National Holiday
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When is Chuseok?

The Harvest Moon Festival, or Chuseok (meaning 'Autumn Eve'), is one of Korea's most cherished holidays. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, which means it usually takes place in September. Though the dates may be similar in some years, it is not an Autumn Equinox festival.

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 Chuseok

According to legend, Chuseok originated as a result of a weaving competition held between two princesses in the Silla dynasty. The goal was to see which of their teams could weave the most cloth. The fierce competition lasted for a month, ending on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar during the full moon. As punishment, the losing team had to prepare a bountiful feast for the victors. It is believed that archery and martial arts competitions were held as part of the festivities.

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.

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

Pining for Songpyun?

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

We take a deeper look at this most traditional of Korean treats in our blog post - Pining for songpyun.

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.

The day before Chuseok is a very busy day to 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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