While Koreans celebrate Chuseok today (Sept 22), we Chinese Malaysians celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Chuseok is a major holiday in South Korea and is celebrated with a three-day national holiday. It also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day and Koreans thank their ancestors in memorial services called Charye for the year’s harvest, and share their abundance with family and friends. Songpyeon (Korean rice cakes) are served at these ceremonies.
My Korean expat boss shared some songpyeon with the employees today. I like the orange-coloured ones the best :).
As for Chinese Malaysians, we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. It isn’t one of the major holidays in Malaysia; we do not get a day off :-P.
For the Mid-Autumn Festival, families supposedly gather to feast on mooncakes while taking in the beauty of the full moon. Children will also be carrying candle-lit — but now mostly battery-operated — lanterns around.
Happy Chuseok and Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!
1st pic credit: Newsen