Coinciding with the brightest full moon of the year, on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar (in 2014 this day falls on September 8), Chuseok is a national holiday that is also referred to as Korean Thanksgiving. To mark the occasion, many families return to their forefathers’ hometown to celebrate the new harvest, pay their respects to ancestors, and prepare special meals together as a family. The ritual of honoring one’s ancestors includes tending to their gravesites and offering elaborately prepared food in ceremonies at their graves and at home.
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