Chuseok

What kind of holiday is Chuseok?

With centuries-old tradition, Chuseok’s festival is preceded by the onset of rice harvesting. On this day-August 15th of the lunar calendar-a new rice paddy and rice cake called Songpaeong were prepared, served with rice vodka (sake) and fruits to the graves of their ancestors, and tombstones bearing personal names Families gather together in front of a clay bun standing on a wooden pillar.
The ritual of the memorial service is also performed on this table. It is believed, from ancient times, that the souls of individuals settled in this memorial can return to heaven and immerse themselves in joy, so that the surviving families can benefit from this world. ing. (Alexander Zhebin, “The Kim Dynasty I See,”)

Visiting a grave seems to be a unique opportunity for residents to visit Pyongyang, the capital.

On this day, a large number of people also visit the revolutionary Martyr’s Tomb of Oshiroyama, the country’s largest cemetery. Of the Revolutionary Marshals, the cornerstone of the bust of his former colleague, mainly Kim Il-sung, is a bouquet from kinship or a business or educational institution that bears their name. Many tombstones alone do not have tombs because the location of those who died long before they were released from Japanese colonies has not been identified.
Many of the people who visit Oshiroyama on this day are those whose ancestors’ graves are so far away that they cannot go to visit them. Because there are no cars available for individuals and the railway operation is extremely unstable, traveling to the next city or region is a big trip that lasts several days. For example, it takes a day to go from Pyongyang to Kiyotsu. Therefore, it takes at least three days for a round trip to visit a close family on a holiday, but there is only one day for the holidays of the Three Great Memories. In addition, even for this one-day holiday, you have to go to work before and after the holiday. On the other hand, authorities send far more generous holidays when officials send local delegations to Pyongyang to offer flowers to the monuments of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Shu.
There is no expression of deep sadness in the face of the party who has made the offering, and it must be an honor, but it is not only a burden, but also a unique opportunity to leisurely see the revolutionary capital that is usually not desired. After all, Pyongyang is a tall flower for the locals unless you have special permission to move. (Ibid.)

People enjoy playing on Chuseok’s day.

Chuseok will end with a traditional game of dazzlingly high on women’s dazzling swings called “Kune” and the national sport of men, “Sirum”. This, of course, comes with the songs and dances that are indispensable for any holiday. (Ibid.)
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