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Chuseok 2021: Google Doodle celebrates Korean Harvest Moon Festival ‘Autumn Eve’

Google Doodle celebrates Chuseok (추석; 秋夕), literally “Autumn eve”, otherwise called hangawi (한가위), the Harvest Moon Festival is Korean most appreciated three-day holiday, on September 21, 2021.

The Harvest Moon Festival, or Chuseok (signifying ‘Autumn Eve’), is one of Korea’s most appreciated holidays. It happens the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, which implies it normally happens in September. However the dates might be comparable in certain years, it’s anything but an Autumn Equinox celebration.

One rather interesting holiday in South Korea is designated “Chuseok”. Chuseok signifies “Autumn Eve” in Korean and is a harvest festival that goes on for three days in a row. It is planned dependent on the Korean lunar calendar, however it additionally every year comes around the season of the Autumnal Equinox, which comes in late September.

The celebration is normally a three-day public holiday. In the event that the dates fall longer than a weekend, an additional a day might be taken on the next Monday.

Chuseok is some of the time referred to as “Korean Thanksgiving” because of its harvest associations and its planning in Autumn. Numerous South Koreans visit the home town of their progenitors for Chuseok and feast there on customary food varieties like songpyeon, a rice cake with a unique stuffing that is steamed over pine needles, and rice wine. Korean hotcakes and new fresh fruits are likewise usually consumed during Chuseok.

There are commonly ancestor memorial services held in Korean homes on this holiday, and individuals will likewise visit the graves of their precursors. In some rural regions, it is tradition for certain individuals dress up like cows or turtles and meander from one way to another as a part of a musical band. Many trade gifts also, and games like archery contests, tug-o-war, and Korean wrestling are frequently played.

Google Doodle on Chuseok 2021

On September 21, 2021, Google featured Doodle on its homepage for celebrating Chuseok 2021.

Google Doodle, represented by Seoul, South Korea-based guest artist Kim Jam, observes Chuseok, a three-day, harvest festival saw across the Korean landmass. As one of the three most significant holidays on the Korean lunar calendar, Chuseok is a period for families to meet up and show appreciation for a fruitful harvest with traditional food, stories, and games.

Chuseok is additionally referred to in Korean as Hangawi, with “han” signifying “large” and “gawi” signifying “middle,” referring to a major festival in the month! The date for this holiday, the middle of the eighth lunar month, was picked to line up with the harvest moon, which is the biggest full moon of the year.

Families traditionally start the day’s celebrations with a memorial service known as charye which recognizes their tribal legacy with enough songpyeon (half-moon rice cakes) for everybody to appreciate.

To honor a bountiful harvest, holiday activities are perked up with lively customs of Korean entertainment. Samulnori (a percussion quartet) drums up the sounds for talchum (a mask dance) and ganggangsullae (an ancient circle dance) while celebrants play Chuseok games, for example, yutnori (a table game using four wooden sticks), and neolttwigi (standing seesaw).

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