Chicago Koreans celebrate moon festival with tradition

September 22, 2015
Chicago's Won

Chicago’s Won Buddhism brought out locals for a day of Korean tradition Sunday at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve. (Korea Times Chicago)

By The Korea Times Chicago

A moon festival event put on by Won Buddhism of Chicago brought out hanbok, traditional board games and food to Bunker Hill Forest Preserve Sunday.

Now in its 18th annual year, the Chuseok celebration program included greetings from local Korean American community leaders, a selection of traditional board games — among them yoot nori, jaegi chagi and see sawing — and face painting and hanbok demonstrations.

“Traditional celebrations gain bigger meaning each year, so I’m very glad people are coming out for a reminder of home in this nice weather,” said Lee Jung-kil, head of Won Buddhism.

Chuseok, one of South Korea’s biggest holidays, is observed for three days and falls on Sept. 27 this year.

One Comment

  1. Riya So

    September 23, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    the south koreans who’re christians are traitors 2 their own korean race, & so must be punished. here’s why:

    - the concept of the messiah was created in judaism, judaism was created by the jews, the jews believe that the messiah will come directly from heaven in person, not thru the belly & virgina of a human woman, jesus, who was a jew, exploited judaism & declared himself 2b the messiah, but he was born out of the belly & thru the virgina of a human woman, so the jews charged him with & convicted him of blasphemy, & killed him on the cross,

    - the jews, who’re jesus’ people & whom jesus claimed he came 2 “save”, have always rejected him, & will in all likelihood always reject him,

    - christianism was born out of judaism by the exploitation of judaism by jesus, judaism was created by the jews, the christian god is the same as the judaist god, however the jews always reject jesus,

    - jesus is a dead corpse nailed on a cross, as confirmed by the christians of all stripes,

    - the christians worship a dead corpse nailed on a cross as their god,

    - yeah yeah their god is a dead corpse nailed on a cross!! d’ohh!!

    - the symbol of christianism, the cross, is a symbol of death,

    - christianism is a religion of death,

    - christianism is based on the barbaric ritual of sacrificin’ humans & animals 2 the gods, thus it’s a barbaric superstition,

    - jesus was a cursed condemned man, this was contrary 2 the expectation that the founder of a religion is supposed 2b a blessed man,

    - why did god have 2 sacrifice his “only son” 2b killed painfully on the cross b4 he agrees 2 “save” you?? aint he have the power or the willingness 2 “save” you without sacricin’ his “only son” 2 die painfully on the cross?? is he that blood-thirsty??

    - where did god live & what did he do in the infinite time period b4 he suddenly got bored & “created” the universe only 8,000 years ago??

    - the arrival of christianism in europe spelled the death of the greek scientific & mathematical knowledge & philosophical wisdom,

    - the christian church blocked the progress of science for 15 centuries, till the renaissance (french 4 “rebirth”) in the 16th century when the christian church was separated from the state & the greek knowledge & wisdom were resurrected & used as the foundation 4 further & continuous growth of knowledge & wisdom,

    - when that pope arrived in south korea, he had a smile that was the smile of a foreign imperialist conqueror lookin’ down on his conquered low-life korean slaves.

    so, why did some south koreans convert 2 christianism?? bcoz they consider the imperialist american occupiers in particular & the white race in general as bein’ superior 2 their own korean race (believe it or not, south korea is still bein’ occupied by american armed troops). thus they demote their own korean race 2b an inferior race, consequently they’re traitors 2 their own korean race, & hence they must be punished. that’s why.

    buddhists & other non-christians in south korea, wake up & defend your korean national & cultural identity, dignity, & pride, b4 it’s 2 late. 4 the non-religious, it’s better still 4 you 2 become buddhists & join other buddhists. all of you buddhists & other non-christians, dont let the cheatin’ christian missionaries destroy buddhism & your korean culture freely at will without challenge (“cheatin’” bcoz they pose as charities while their ultimate goal is 2 convert the poor/needy). the most effective way 4 defense against the destruction of your korean culture by christianism is 2 attack christianism, which is easy, using the facts i cite above. stop bein’ passive!! be active!! fight back!!

    north korea, re-unify korea & restore the korean culture by eliminatin’ christianism & bringin’ buddhism back 2 its rightful place!! north vietnam could & did re-unify vietnam even though south vietnam was occupied by the imperialist american armed troops. so can you re-unify korea!!