Traditionally, a time for family reunions for these aging Koreans, this is as close as they will get to one.
It’s a ceremony near the DMZ border between the two koreas.
People like Hwang Young-Heup who attends every year and who was separated from his family in the north during the Korean War more than 60 years ago.
He’s on a waiting list for an official reunion but the current tensions have put the program on hold.
If both sides can compromise, hopefully, my chance will come.
The two Koreas may share the same holiday but seem as far apart as ever.
While North Koreans celebrate Chuseok in a similar way to people in the south, it’s only a one-day holiday in North Korea.
And while millions of South Koreans are travelling to see family and friends, travel restrictions and a lack of transport in the north means that most people there have to stay put.
Translated as Harvest Festival Chuseok, is a time of Thanksgiving with special cakes made from the rice just harvested.
At one of the many festivals, an art group of North Korean defectors perform in front of their South Korean audience.
Some of the most popular songs date back to before the war when there was only one Korea.
By celebrating our culture through art, we can show how South Korea and North Korea are one nation.
But as the families waiting for reunion can attest, the political divisions remain as wide as ever.
We urged North Korea once again to join us on the path of reconciliation to help reunite families who don’t have much time left,
not knowing how many more Chuseok festivals they will see without seeing long-lost families.