We made proper preparations spending too much money at the grocery store to supply Songwon Elementary with a proper Halloween. This morning another teacher brought oranges for all of us to eat. Getting food or gifts is a pretty common occurance here, so we figured we would finally reciprocate the favor. Lindsay handed the bag of candy to the teacher next to her, “We brought candy for the kids, but you all can take a piece from the bag.” After the teacher dumped the whole bag and half of our supply on the table in front of the other teachers, Lindsay modified her statement, “Okay, you can have a few pieces, but it is for the kids!” She nearly had to yell it over the chaotic grab for our candy. It looked like a 8 year olds birthday party after someone finally busted the pinata. I also likened it to throwing meat in the middle of a pack of wolves and asking them only to take a couple of bites. It was mayhem, and they took it all. Chalk it up to lost in translation or a cultural thing. Either way, I learned today that Koreans love some chocolate.
It was Halloween day here in South Korea, but not really. They don’t celebrate it. Back in September they celebrate something between Thanksgiving and Halloween called Chuseok. They give thanks and honor the dead, much like the western world once did during Halloween. Now we just eat heaps of of candy, and believe me, the Korean kids know about it. Yesterday, one of Lindsay’s kids nearly accosted me in the hallway. “Tomorrow,” he threatened, “when I see you, you give me candy.”
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