This year, September 8th marks the mid-autumn festival, a traditional harvest holiday celebrated in various ways throughout Asia on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Our new Asian Music Mondays staff members Lu, Jessica, and Suri write about how they and others celebrate this holiday. Tune in tonight from 8-10 PM to hear a special Mid-Autumn Festival episode of Asian Music Mondays!
Chuseok 추석 (Korean Thanksgiving) by Jessica:
Chuseok, or Harvest Festival, is also originally known as Hangawi (한가위). My favorite part of Chuseok is the food. Right before sunrise on the morning of Chuseok, we perform Chaerye (차례), a common ancestral memorial rite. After the family pays respect to their ancestors, we gather around to eat.