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Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving also known as Hangawi is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea. It is celebrated on the brightest full moon of the year, which occurs on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar. This year the holiday is on Thursday the 1st of October. There are public holidays from Wednesday 30rd of September - Friday 2nd of October in South Korea to celebrate this. Chuseok is essentially a celebration of a good harvest, because the grains and fruits will be at their ripest and freshest for harvesting around this period of time.

Many Koreans visit their hometowns to spend quality time with their family. (Although this year is a bit different due to Covid-19. The government is actually asking people not to go back to their hometown to avoid the spread.)  Normally, families gather together to not only have food, but it is also important to make sure that the graves of old family members are clean, this needs to be done every year. And yes, they pay tribute to their ancestors with of course traditional food, like songpyeon, half-moon shaped rice cakes (see picture below), japchae, galbijjim (braised beef short ribs) and jeon (korean pancakes). 

We want to wish a Happy Chuseok to everybody and enjoy the sale that we have during chuseok! Check out all sale items here
picture from koreanbapsang, if you want to learn how to make it, check out her website here.

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