Tag Archives: Korean culture


Korean Ancestral Commemoration Rites

Main Performance: The jesa (제사) is traditional Korean ceremony that honors the family’s ancestors as well as deceased family members, particularly parents. It is a fairly large event that involves the extended family of the deceased parent to gather at the house of the eldest child, prepare food, and engage in a ceremony with specific… Continue Reading »

Good deeds will always be repaid: The Grateful Magpie

Main Piece: “A man travels to the royal palace to receive employment but lives in the middle of nowhere and crosses a mountain to get to the examination building. As he goes through the mountain, he sees two snakes going up a tree trying to eat a bird’s nest. The man sees the bird in… Continue Reading »

Birthday Soup

Main Text:  Birthday Soup  Background on Informant:  Currently a student, my informant grew up in a Korean household and has shared with me the many traditions she grew up practicing and experienced throughout her life.  Context:  She explains “I’m not really sure what the history behind it is but every year on your birthday, you… Continue Reading »

Chuseok: Korean Thanksgiving

Main Text:  Chuseok: Korean Thanksgiving  Background on Informant:  Currently a student, my informant grew up in a Korean household and has shared with me the many traditions she grew up practicing and experienced throughout her life.  Context:  She explains: “In Korea we have this ‘holiday’ called Chuseok, which translates to ‘Autumn eve’.  It is celebrated… Continue Reading »

Doljanchi

Main Text:  Doljanchi Background on Informant:  Currently a student, my informant grew up in a Korean household and has shared with me the many traditions she grew up practicing and experienced throughout her life.  Context:  She explains:  “In Korea, a baby’s first birthday is one of the most important birthdays they will ever celebrate. The… Continue Reading »