And to our readers who celebrate, Chuseok and Mid-Autumn Festival Greetings!
Chuseok — or ‘Korean Thanksgiving’ as the country’s tourism board so helpfully puts it — is the traditional Korean holiday celebrating the mid-Autumn harvest, and a time for family to come together and spend time with one another.
In idoldom, various K-pop groups donned hanbok to give Chuseok greetings to their fans. You can see Seventeen looking adorable above. Stellar‘s outfits were interesting in their plainness; it made for an intriguing change, though one couldn’t help but wonder if this also was part of pity party strategy Stellar’s agency has been pushing since “Vibrato” promotions. Other rookie groups like Dia and Mamamoo looked pretty in their traditional outfits, too. Remember when more senior groups did the same thing?
Said senior groups seemed to have moved on to other activites, like making songpyeon — a Chuseok speciality made from rice flour dough and filled with beans or chestnuts, among other treats. Here is A Pink members Chorong, Bomi, Namjoo and Hayoung giving a demonstration of their songpyeon-shaping skills in a 41-minute session on the Naver V App.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxZQa36SEw8]
It was still work as usual for many idols, though, with groups like Shinee and BTS holding concerts abroad in Thailand and the US, respectively.
Readers, how did you and/or your favourite idols celebrate Chuseok?