Chuseok is one of the year’s most important traditional Korean holidays. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Chuseok is often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving Day. It is a celebration of the harvest and thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth. Family members come from all over the country to visit their ancestral homes.
Chuseok is a time when Koreans connect with their roots. Traditionally a celebration of the harvest, it is surrounded by the autumn color of late September or early October. Across Korea, trains are packed and traffic is jammed as people journey to their hometowns.
Just as strong roots will bring a plentiful harvest, Koreans find that connecting with the past brings rewards in the present.
IFSW joins in wishing our friends and colleagues in Korea a wonderful Chuseok celebration!