Thanksgiving is not a uniquely American tradition. In fact, many countries and cultures around the world celebrate harvest and a special time of giving thanks. Although the languages and customs may differ, the common theme is appreciation of bounty.
Let's explore a few of the thanksgiving traditions around the world, as well as the different ways of saying thank you and showing appreciation in those countries.
Korean Chusok or Chuseok
In Korea on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month, the nation stops to celebrate Chusok, which means "fall evening." Chusok celebrates both the harvest and ancestors. The celebration begins on the night of the 14th and lasts for three days. During Chusok, Korean families will visit and clean their ancestors graves. Chusok is highlighted with a feast at night (at times beneath the moon) serving special foods arranged in a specific way, such as songpyon (or songpyeon) that is made with rice, beans, sesame seeds and chestnuts. At Chusok people wear Hanbok (traditional Korean outfits), and they play traditional games and dance.
How Koreans Give Thanks
Honor and respect are very important in Korean culture. Depending on the formality of the relationship and situation there are different ways to express gratitude in Korean....