The holiday’s ancient rituals and games

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The holiday’s ancient rituals and games

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Tug of war
This sport, using a rope that directly pits two teams against one other in a test of strength, is often played during traditional holidays, including Lunar New Year and Chuseok.

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Ganggangsullae
Women sing and dance ganggangsullae during Chuseok and Daeboreum (day of the full moon). It was believed that a bountiful harvest would be brought to the region after praying under the brightest full moon.

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Dalmaji
As Chuseok also celebrates the harvest moon, Koreans go out to the highest point for dalmaji, which means to welcome the full moon. They often engage in a ritual of burning daljip (brushwood) as an act of prayer.

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Songpyeon
Songpyeon is a traditional rice cake that is eaten during Chuseok. They are mostly half-moon-shaped and contain different kinds of sweet fillings such as sesame seeds and honey.

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Ssireum
Ssireum, or Korean wrestling, is the most popular sport played during Chuseok. Two men wrestle each other holding the opponent’s band, called satba. A player loses when their upper body touches the ground.
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