It's that time of the year for Koreans. Chuseok is Korean Thanksgiving which we celebrate by lunar calendar. This year is this Sunday, September 14, 2008.
Chuseok is considered as one of the widely celebrated Korean holiday. Just like US Thanksgiving, most people go back to their hometown to spend time with their families. Even immigrants all over different countries gather around with family and friends to celebrate wherever they are.
The signature Chuseok dessert is called "SongPyeon/SongPyun," a crescent shaped rice cake stuffed with various goods like sweet sesame seeds, black bean paste, or mung bean paste. It is made like dumplings first and steamed in the pot with layers of pine needles for the subtle pine aroma.When I was in Korea, our family would gather around on the floor and made SongPyeon together. We would make some in different shapes to mark our own SongPyeon. It was a tradition that helped everyone to get together and have a good family time. So Songpyeon cannot be overlooked during Chuseok eventhough we might just buy them now.