Happy Chew-Suck

It’s actually spelled “Chuseok” (or 추석), and it’s the second biggest holiday in Korea behind Seolnal (Lunar New Year), and it’s this week which means the streets are pretty empty right now since everyone and their mother has fled town to get drunk with relatives.

According to Wikipedia, “on Chuseok there is a mass exodus of Koreans returning to their hometowns to pay respects to the spirits of one’s ancestors” which is true, but it also says that “village folk dress themselves to look like a cow or a turtle” which, VERY unfortunately, I’ve never seen, probably cuz I don’t know any ‘village folk’! I know it sounds a little nutty but, before you go off thinking that Korean villagers are all insane in the membrane, consider that in about a month Americans will be dressing up their children like Spiderman (or is it Iron Man this year?) so they can walk the streets begging for candy from complete strangers. Koreans may do some weird shit in the name of tradition, but I think America still rules in that department.

I think these crazy kids are saying something like 'Happy Chuseok, try not to crash your car into a tree'

I think these crazy kids are saying something like 'Happy Chuseok, try not to crash your car into a tree'

posted by Michael in Culture on 9/21/2010 | No Comments