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Last week, we had twice as many visits from South Korea as we had the week before. The reason is probably that everyone was too busy celebrating Chuseok, a festival that is sometimes associated with the Harvest Moon. This year, Chuseok fell on 12 September.

A harvest moon is the full moon that comes nearest the autumn equinox, and often seems larger than usual. In the past, it was considered useful because it allowed farmers to stay out in the fields after sunset thanks to the extra light from the moon.

Now that the equinox has happened, the nights in the northern hemisphere are longer than the days, and we say that the nights are drawing in.

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