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Lanterns, and Bamboo: Holiday spirit in Damyang and the rest of both Koreas

Lanterns, and Bamboo: Holiday spirit in Damyang and the rest of both Koreas

First published on eTurboNews: https://www.eturbonews.com/233649/lanterns-and-bamboo-holiday-spirit-in-damyang-and-the-rest-of-both-koreas

Korean Tourism, Lanterns, and Bamboo go together in the City of Damyang and the city with the rest of South and North Korea is in the middle of a popular holiday season: ‎23–25 September is the harvest festival and a three day weekend. Known as the  “Autumn eve”, once known as hangawi  from archaic Korean for “the great middle (of autumn)”), is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in North Korea and South Korea.

Lantern sets depicting the fantastical will adorn Gardens by the Bay this Mid-Autumn Festival. Based on the theme “Autumn of Fantasies”  these marvelous lantern sets depict a diversity of worlds unfettered by reality, from mythical creatures to larger-than-life flora and fauna. Adding to the atmosphere is a bustling marketplace at the Supertree Grove, where visitors can enjoy cultural performances, a food street, and a showcase of traditional Chinese crafts.

In Damyang it has a special meaning with their famous Bamboo nature becoming a major destination for those wanting to get away and enjoy the unique cuisine there.

Like many other harvest festivals around the world, it is held around the autumn equinox, i.e. at the very end of summer or in early autumn.

As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food such as songpyeon (Hangul: 송편) and rice wines such as sindoju and dongdongju. There are two major traditions related to Chuseok:

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