Harvest Festival Holiday in South Korea in 2019

Harvest Festival Holiday in South Korea in 2019
  How long until Harvest Festival Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 21 days.
  Dates of Harvest Festival Holiday in South Korea
2021 Sep 20, Sep 21, Sep 22
South KoreaWed, Sep 22National Holiday
South KoreaTue, Sep 21National Holiday
South KoreaMon, Sep 20National Holiday
2020 Sep 30, Oct 1, Oct 2
South KoreaFri, Oct 2National Holiday
South KoreaThu, Oct 1National Holiday
South KoreaWed, Sep 30National Holiday
2019 Sep 12, Sep 13, Sep 14
South KoreaSat, Sep 14National Holiday
South KoreaFri, Sep 13National Holiday
South KoreaThu, Sep 12National Holiday
2018 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 Oct 2, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6
South KoreaFri, Oct 6National Holiday
South KoreaThu, Oct 5National Holiday
South KoreaWed, Oct 4National Holiday
South KoreaMon, Oct 2Government Holiday
The Harvest Moon Festival is one of Korea's most cherished holidays
  Harvest Festival Holiday in other countries
Harvest Festival Holiday 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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