Celebrating Chuseok or Hangawi- Korean Thanksgiving
A new Autumn is ushered in as the summer heat finally recedes, and trees start shedding their leaves. This time of year, for most Americans, brings the excitement of the Football season, the splendor of changing colors, and the need for indoor heat. But Autumn means different things for different people—especially for many of our Korean friends and family who mark this momentous time of year with a three-day celebration known as Korean Thanksgiving, ‘Chuseok’ or ‘Hangawi’ in Korean.
‘Hangawi’ means the 15th day of August, according to the lunar calendar so that the dates change every year. The origins of ‘Chuseok’ or ‘Hangawi’ can be traced back to Korea’s past as an agrarian society. On this day, a full harvest moon appeared in the sky and families gathered to enjoy time together and give thanks to their ancestors for the plentiful harvest.
Most people visit their hometowns, relatives and share traditional foods made with newly harvest crops. When Koreans gather together to celebrate Chuseok, they give thanks for what they had this year and wish for another good year.
As we have deep roots that run through the Korean community, we would like to wish everyone a happy Korean Thanksgiving and join in the celebration!
Also, as Koreans do on Chuseok, Maggiano, DiGirolamo, and Lizzi P.C. would also give thanks for serving the needs of the injured this year and wish for another good year helping those that have suffered injury and pain due to the negligence of others.