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Chusok

It’s the annual homecoming festive season of “Chosuk” when Koreans head back to the small family communities that are their roots. From home and abroad they converge on the little villages and farms that are where they originate from. There are the burial mounds of their ancestors are located and Chosuk sees all the family visit the graves – some in solemn processions, others just to have a lunch with the extended family to celebrate or give thanks to their ancestors. It is a chaotic time in Korea and the expressways out of Seoul become a parking lot choked with hordes of folk desperate to get home for the festive occasion.

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