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Chuseok: Korean Thanksgiving

추석 잘 보내세요!

Chuseok (추석) is Korean Thanksgiving Day. It is one of the biggest family oriented holidays in Korea. This year, Chuseok falls on Thursday, October 1st, but most of the country will be on vacation from September 30st - October 4rd, including me!

Traditionally, it is a time for families to gather and share food and stories, and to give thanks to their ancestors. Traditionally, many Koreans travel to their hometowns to spend time with their family. In more recent years, families have used the time to travel abroad together. This year, being the year of covid, some people will stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, others will gather with their family regardless, and others will travel to Jeju Island or other nice vacation spots to try and make the most of this time off.

Me? I'll be studying! That's right, from Monday, September 28th I started attending an online MA in Creative Writing. ^^

So for this blog post, I wanted us to take a moment and think about what we are thankful for. This year has been especially hard for so many of us, and though I know many are struggling either financially, emotionally, or otherwise, I hope there is something in your life that you can say you are thankful for. I'm going to share my list and I hope that you will comment below and share yours.

  1. I am thankful that I am healthy. I am physically active, I eat well and healthily, and I pay close attention to my mental health.

  2. I am thankful for having extra time off work to get closer to my creative goals. This year I have written more short stories than I could have on a regular schedule.

  3. I'm thankful for my loving friends and family. We may not talk often, but I appreciate you all.

  4. I'm thankful for books. They help me escape the hardest times.

  5. I'm thankful for my readers. Your support means so much to me.

추석 잘 보내세요! Happy Korean Thanksgiving.

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