Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving
Enderun embraces diversity. With its growing multicultural community, the school wants to promote cultural awareness to its students. Cultura, the school’s biggest organization, does just that. One of the ways to promote the different cultures is to celebrate the major holidays of the many countries represented in school.
One of the holidays that have been celebrated in school for more than 3 years now is Chuseok, a harvest festival celebrated by Koreans. Cultura celebrated the holiday with a 2-day food fair where the Korean students sold Kimbap, Dokboki, Jap Chae, and the likes. For the last day, they had Chuseok night.
The smell of the delicious Korean cuisines really got the attention of the students in the BA Lounge where the food fair was held. Everyone could not resist stopping to buy food. Chuseok night was held last September 27, 2012 at 6pm. The ticket, which costed 100php, included free Korean Henna, K-pop performances and Korean games.
The Korean students showcased their talents such as singing and dancing. The audience really enjoyed it since K-pop has penetrated the Philippine media. They also played a lot of games. The highlight was when they played the chicken game where two groups compete by bringing the opposing members down without using their arms, but only one foot. I’m sure it was the first time for the some students to see such a game.
There was also a booth where students can have unique Korean and Chinese characters written on their skin with temporary ink. Students also enjoyed the photo booth where they took pictures with friends to bring as a souvenir.
When all the performances were done and the games over, the DJ started playing the recently-popular song, Oppa Gangnam Style, and everyone started dancing. What a sight it created. The night was filled with music, laughter and fun.