Starting last Friday was the Korean holiday known as Chuseok. The Chuseok vacation, which is the 2nd most important in Korean culture next to Lunar New Years in February, lasts about 5 days with the main day being on the 25th. Or, at least, this year it was on the 25th. The holiday itself varies from year to year, just like Easter in Canada. Anyway, on Chuseok Koreans everywhere gather with their families in their hometowns and they eat lots of food, get lots of gifts (teachers also get lots of gifts from their employers and their students- score.), and I believe, worship their anscestors. Sometimes they wear their traditional Hanboks, which are beautiful to say the least. On the last Friday of school before Chuseok, our kids showed up wearing their hanboks and we talked about Chuseok and made traditional "songpyeong", which are Korean sweet dumplings made from steamed rice dough and fillings- in our case, raisins and chocolate covered sunflower seeds (which are so, so good by the way). Usually the filling involves some kind of honey and sesame seeds, I think. Seriously though, my kids were soo cute in their hanboks. Check out the pictures!
My Afternoon Kindergarten:
Miss Janine's airways are being cut off by her little hellraiser.
Lily liked eating the pink ones.