201101245 Park Gyu Oh
Korean people get fat in September. Of course, the reason why they get heavier is they eat a lot. Then what makes them eat a lot? It is a Chu-seok, Korean thanks giving day. It takes place on 15th of August on lunar calendar. A long time ago, the King Yu-Ri of Sin-ra dynasty told princesses to make women in their city weave hemp clothes. It started from the someday on July when the full moon appeared, and it ended on August 15th. Winner sides were chosen by their score, and the other sides served the foods for them. This is the origin of chuseok. However these days, it is a celebration of good harvest. On chuseok, we eat a lot of Korean traditional foods, do some traditional activities, and have a memorial service for ancestors.
Song-pyun, Jeon, beef-rib stew and Jap chae. These things are the korean traditional foods we usually eat on Chu-seok. Song-pyun is a kind of rice cake, but its shape resemble the half moon. People usually put some sugars and other bean jam fillings in it. Jeon is like a pancake, but it is not sweet. Kim-chi, pumpkins, pepper, sea foods, and etc. We put various kind of food on it. If we put Kim-chi on it, the name of that Jeon is Kim-chi Jeon. Jap chae is consist of mixed dish of boiled bean threads, stir-fried vegetables, and shredded meat. All these are very delicious and good for our health, so that is why people get fat after Chu-seok.
People do some traditional activities for fun and to express their grateful feelings. Ganggangsullae is one of the famous activity related to Chu-seok. It is like a group dance. People make a circle and grab each other's hands. Then they sing a song and turn around to anti-clockwise direction. People usually dress Korean traditional costume 'han-bok' while doing this. In the past, women are not allowed to going out in the night. Therefore Ganggangsullae was the rare opportunity to play with friends and the way of expressing their feelings. There are other famous activities like Ssireum(Korean wrestling), a game of yut and etc.
The most important part is Cha-r'ye. It is ancestral rite. People do this to remember their ancestors and to pay respect to them. First, they set the table for the ancestral rite. And then people carefully arrange the food on the table by traditional orders. When the all relatives gathered, they bowed twice to our ancestors. Most of the Christians skip this because it is against their religion. After the rite, they eat the food together.
These days, modern people usually do not farming and the tradition became modernized. People enjoy this holiday as their own way. We do not dance and if you are Christian, skip the rite. Some people just go to travel on this holiday. However, still, it is a precious day that makes whole big family meet each other and communicate with each other. People can modernized but they cannot forget their family.