Why Koreans Celebrate Chuseok with Crescent-Shaped Rice Cakes
Chuseok would be unimaginable without songpyeon, the steamed rice cakes in the shape of crescent moon that mark the harvest moon festival. But in the past the delicacy was not limited to Chuseok but also enjoyed on other celebrations such as Daeboreum, the first full moon of the lunar calendar, and Buddha's birthday. Koreans are not the only people to give thanks for the year's harvest on the full moon.
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The OECD on Thursday lowered its growth projection for Korea for this year from three percent to 2.7 percent. It also cut next year's outlook from three percent to 2.8 percent. The government already slashed its own outlook from three to 2.9 percent in July.