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Korean Thanksgiving – Chuseok Annyong-Ha-Sayeo, Mannasa-pan-gap-sumnida, Com-sum-nida. Do these words sound familiar? Probably not. That is because Iam speaking Korean. Though we all probably have met someone who has traveled to Korea or has moved here from Korea we don’t often get the chance to witness them speak their native language, dress in their traditional garments or celebrate their native holidays. Wouldn’t it be great to have this opportunity?
In my speech today I am going to give you a glimpse into a celebration in which we may call Korean Thanksgiving! I first learned of this holiday when an acquaintance of mine traveled overseas to Korea. When I learned more about this holiday, called Chuseok, I realized just how closely the similarities were to our Thankgiving holiday.
Chuseok is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It is the most important holiday to the Korean people. It is a time in which they honor their ancestors and give thanks for the fall harvest. Students and parents alike rarely take time off in Korea but during this holiday everything shuts down. People join their families to celebrate, bearing harvest fruits or vegetables. The celebration begins in the morning when food and wine is offered to the spirits of the late ancestors. (Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010) After this the families often go to visit the graves of their ancestors and care for the site.
Later on the family gathers and has a feast containing more of this food. They sometimes dress in traditional hanboks. These are beautifully colored garments often made of silk. They drink wine or soju and eat fish, vegetables, and kimchi. For desert they eat a very special rice cake that is beautifully decorated called a Songpyeon. (Korean Tourism Organization)

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