Report Text: Chuseok

Berikut ini adalah contoh Report Text tentang kebudayaan Korea. Teks ini diambil dari buku  Interlanguage karangan Joko Priyana.

Chuseok, also called Han-ga-wi (from archaic Korean for “great middle”), is a major three-day holiday in Korea. It is a celebration of the good harvest. Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food.

It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar Korean calendar. The celebration started one day before and after. Therefore, it is a three days celebration.

A variety of folk games are played on Chuseok, but these vary from region to region. A lion dance is performed in the north-west, a tug of war in Jeolla and Gyeongsang provinces. Other regions hold wrestling and archery contests. For all games, in all regions, a Nongak band performs.

In modern South Korea, on Chuseok there is a mass exodus of Koreans returning to their hometowns to pay respects to the spirits of one’s ancestors. People perform ancestral worship rituals early in the morning. They often visit the tombs of their immediate ancestors to trim plants, clean the area around the tomb, and offer food, drink, and crops to their ancestors. Harvest crops are attributed to the blessing of ancestors.

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