This year, the Chuseok holiday is from October 2nd to the 4th. It’s such a short holiday, only three days, and it’s expected that traffic from Seoul to the provinces will be heavy. We’re lucky that we don’t have to travel this season as we celebrate all the major holidays here at my eldest brother-in-law’s apartment.
Last Saturday night, I had a live interview at tbs eFM’s Sound Off. We talked about our preparation for the Chuseok holiday and I mentioned that I’m really looking forward to it. Usually, daughters-in-law hate (that’s right: H-A-T-E) this holiday because of the hard work associated with it. Daughters-in-law or “myeonnuri” are virtual slaves in the kitchen. Every Korean DIL I know complains of this holiday. Even my school director lamented to me yesterday about all the chores that she’ll have to do come Chuseok. What is worse is that the single lady/ies in the family, called “agasshi” wouldn’t even lift a finger to help the “myeonnuri”.
I’m the youngest daughter-in-law in my husband’s family and I’m not too pressured to do a lot of things. I only need to arrange the side dishes during meals and the food offering for “jesa” (ancestral rite). I’m looking forward to the holiday because I get to eat tasty dishes 🙂
Anyway, I got my Chuseok gift set from my “hagwon” yesterday. It was a big box of Nivea products. I had to literally drag it up the stairs of the subway station. It’s good that we won’t have to buy toiletries for at least three months! How I wish that they included eye creams though as my eyebags are bigger and darker with all the school work I had to the past few weeks.
I hope to have the time to write more about this holiday. This is my sixth Chuseok. I’m not an expert on the subject (who is, when different families have their own tradition) but I hope to at least share some ideas about this holiday.