Unlike the Nigerian thanksgiving which is celebrated pratically every sunday, the Korean thanksgiving day is a three day holiday which is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. This year it was celebrated through the 7th to the 9th of september. Korean thanksgiving day is known as chuseok (meaning fall evening), which was orginally known as hangawi. It is also referred to as the harvest moon festival which is over 2,000 years old. In Nigeria, thanksgiving is usually celebrated in church. Different people from various parts of Nigeria come together in their traditional clothes and dance and sing in the church while going to the front of the church giving offerings of either food or money. After the thanksgiving in the church, families go back to their homes to eat meals that have been prepared either the day before or immediately after getting back. Most thanksgiving days a cow or goat is slaughtered and their meat is used to make pepper soup. other foods such as garri(cassava) with okra or ogbono soup is also usually eaten. Some snacks like puff-puff, meat pie, fish roll, and chin-chin are also made and eaten.

While the korean thanksgiving is held as a celebration of good harvest, they visit their ancestral hometowns and pay their respects to generations behind. They also go to their families graves and clear the weeds around their burial mound. They also play a variety of folk games to celebrate the coming of the rich harvest such as Ssireum which is a wrestling game and Neolttwigi which is the Korean version of see-saw. They prepare an ancestral table at home with different foods such as Kimchi, Songpyeon(rice cakes), Hangwa, Japchae, Bulogi, fruits, and soju(wine). In the past people used to wear korean traditional dresses known as Chuseokbim. Usually within the three days of the festival families, friends, co-workers, and employers exchange gifts of alcohol and fruits with each other. The main aspects of the thanksgiving is to show respect for elders and ancestors, celebrate the good harvest, and sharing of communal food and drink.

Sources

(www.ibtimes.com/chuseok), (www.koreabrand.net)images 90a6908e-0e8e-432c-ab3e-819ab37e1704

-Amarachi Nwaneri.

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