September 12, 2019 – Chuseok – 추석
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Korean community on the occasion of Chuseok.
Chuseok is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar calendar month, which also coincides with the Autumn Equinox, when the moon is at its fullest during the lunar year. The holiday period typically lasts three days, including both the days preceding and following the actual day of Chuseok. Traditionally, it was an occasion for families to offer their gratitude to ancestors for a successful harvest. In present day, it is an occasion for members of the working class to travel back to their ancestral hometowns and spend time together with their families.
To mark the occasion of Chuseok, Koreans typically don traditional wear known as hanbok when visiting parents and senior members of their families and offer gifts and their wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous life. Songpyeons, traditional Korean rice cake snacks, are prepared and consumed during the holiday period.
Toronto is a proud multicultural City that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths. Our City flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.
As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.