South Koreans across the country spent this weekend preparing for the annual Chuseok holiday, which happens Sept. 29–Oct. 1.
Chuseok is similar to Thanksgiving for South Koreans. Family gatherings are held, seasonal food is eaten, and traditional clothing is worn. Many families will gather at their family tombs to perform rituals and make offerings of food and drink to their deceased ancestors.
Chuseok is a three–daylong holiday and is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar.
The majority of South Koreans travel to their hometowns to celebrate the holiday, which results in massive traffic congestion and crowded public transportation.
For many families, the week leading up to Chuseok is a time for cutting grass, raking leaves, and generally maintaining tombs.
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