There is just too much to eat and too much to talk about with all these people. That is because it is the time of Chuseok. Chuseok, originally known as Hangawi, is a time where families and relatives visit their hometowns and get together in celebrating a major harvest festival. In Korea, during this three-day holiday, families and relative gather and carry out traditional customs, enjoy traditional food and play folk games. Besides all this, Chuseok in general, is a time for giving blessings to one another, wishing them well for the future and catching up with those who you haven't seen in a while.
Some traditional customs of Chuseok include Charye, Seongmyo and Beolcho. Charye is holding a memorial service for ancestors and honoring them. This is usually done in the morning and then families head off to the graves of ancestors. Seongmyo is visiting ancestral grave sites and Beolcho is taking care of the graves by removing the weeds around them. From the past, Seongmyo was carried out in the traditional way of offering traditional food and alcohol in honoring the ancestors, but the way paying respect has changed nowadays as people's notion towards following the custom have become diverse due to their respective religious beliefs. Traditional food at Chuseok is a feast to remember because the variety of food at the table is enough to make some people forget that going on a diet was their new year's goal. Songpyeon is a major food eaten during Chuseok, which is a Korean traditional rice cake with stuffing inside it. The stuffing is made with lots of healthy ingredients such as sesame seeds, walnut, chestnut, honey, etc, and other well-known traditional food include hangwa, japchae and bulgogi.
Besides all the traditional customs and food, another memorable aspect of Chuseok is where the children show respect to elders of the family by bowing to them, hence, elders bless the children by wishing them well for the future and giving them a small amounts of pocket money. However, most important of all, Chuseok is a time for remembering the significance of family and sharing the love and joy between everyone.