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KCI Chuseok Event

SUNY Koreaㅣ2018-09-27 17:50

Chuseok is the Korean Thanksgiving Day when family members all come together, meeting in hometowns to share food and cultural experiences; this year, the Chuseok holiday was from September 23 to 26. 

Because the origins of Korea’s most widely celebrated holiday, Chuseok, may be unfamiliar to our international students, on September 19, 2018, SUNY Korea’s Korean Cultural Institute (KCI) hosted the annual Chuseok event at the SUNY Korea Courtyard. Many students and staff participated by wearing a Hanbok (Korean traditional dress). 

With a demonstration of the Korean traditional wedding ceremony, the night was opened for anyone who wanted to experience diverse Korean traditions. Students and faculty enjoyed various different activities such as making Korean rice-cakes (sirutteok), trying on the Hanbok, playing traditional games, and participating in ganggangsullae. 

Involvement of our own international students in the wedding ceremony made the event memorable and entertaining. Moreover, the educational narration for each action, along with the progression of unique events, made the night more meaningful for all who participated. 

KCI’s Chuseok event was an entertaining time. It introduced international students to the Korean culture while, simultaneously, allowing Korean students to think about their own traditions again.

Editor: Eun Jin Cho