Sometimes referred to as the "Korean Thanksgiving," Chuseok (also transliterated as Chusok, Chu'sok, and Chu'seok) is actually a harvest celebration. Chuseok falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, the day of the full moon referred to as the "harvest moon." In fact, the word "Chuseok" may be translated as "Harvest Moon Festival." Because Chuseok follows the lunar calendar, its place on the solar (Gregorian) calendar varies from year to year. This year Chuesok holiday will be 12-14 September, 2011.
This week in their Korean classes, students learned more about Chuseok and about some of the activities associated with this festival. The Korean teachers taught the students how to make songpyeon (송편), a kind of small rice cake. Students will be encouraged to take a few pieces home to share with their families.
Hanbok (한복) is the traditional Korean dress, worn on many occasions throughout the year. To commemorate this national holiday in an RIS way, we encourage our Korean students to wear a Korean hanbok to school this Thursday.