Video reunions, closed cemeteries: virus upends Korean festival

Sitting in her tiny home, 83-year-old Moon Haeng-ja is struggling to master a new skill as the pandemic plays havoc with South Korea’s harvest celebrations: making video calls.Chuseok, which runs from Wednesday to Friday, is one of the two biggest festivals of the Korean year, and traditionally a time for family gatherings and ancestral rituals, with millions of people heading to their home towns and the countryside.But this year will be starkly different as authorities urge the public to stay home to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.”In the past, my nephews and grandchildren all cam…

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