Chuseok, Korea’s autumn harvest festival, is right around the corner, and Koreans are busily preparing for the celebration. Starting this year on Sunday, September 23rd, the annual three-day holiday celebrates the beginning of the fall season. Families gather to watch traditional plays, dance traditional songs and play traditional games. Most importantly, Koreans celebrate Chuseok with a variety of amazing traditional Korean food. One, in particular, must never be forgotten to be placed at the dinner table during the holiday: songpyeon. Songpyeon is one of the many traditional Korean foods that are symbolic in the culture. Historically, it was created using the first rice harvest. Songpyeon is a half-moon shaped rice cake that is filled with either a sweet or semi-sweet filling such as sesame seeds, nuts, or bean powder. The rice cake is steamed, usually over pine needles to give it a subtle pine tree flavor. This method of steaming the rice cake is also the reason why songpyeon directly translates to “pine cakes.” View this post on InstagramSongpyeon（Korean mooncake) Basic level 2 Student’s work Brand new curriculum Confection Design Master(wagashi) Basic level 2 and Instructor training You will learn from dough making, coloring method, knowledge of using different tools and modeling method. There are a wide variety of wagashi, please come to join us to be the next wagashi artists! Class Enquiries: Location:HK(Mong Kok) Email: email@example.com Instagram/Line: yensology WeChat: Yensology Facebook: Yen'sology #搣皮柑 #和菓子教室 #wagashiclass #nerikiri #nerikiriart #beanpaste #jeolpyeon #yokan #japanbread #instructortraining #certificate #korea #japan #foodart #japanesefood #lesssweet #baramddeok #songpyeon #naturalpowder #jellyart #jellyflower #mochi #jellycake #jellypiping #송편 #韓國松餅 #wagashiworkshop #wagashiclass #wagashischoolA post shared by Yen’sology (@yensology) on Sep 20, 2018 at 2:47am PDT Songpyeon typically comes in 5 cardinal colors- green, yellow, red, pink, and purple. Each color are all made naturally: green is made with mugwort powder; yellow with pumpkin powder; red with the cockscomb flower; pink with different berries; and purple with a purple potato or with grapes and blueberries. Making songpyeon is a common tradition among Korean families during Chuseok. It is an essential food for the holiday and will be for many more years. For other traditional Chuseok foods, check out this article on other traditional foods for this holiday.