In South Korea, it looks like the days of buying fake casts for pretending you have an injured arm to evade preparation of holiday meals during the Chuseok Festival may well be over. Chuseok is a major harvest festival and a three-day thanksgiving holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. South Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food and ceremonial dishes prepared by the women in the family, while the men chat, drink and watch television.
The holiday gender divide is so entrenched that it has spawned the term ‘daughter-in-law holiday syndrome,’ with many young women shrieking of post-holiday stress and fatigue. Little wonder that sales of the fake cast have become brisk sellers ahead of the festival. However, the media had gotten wind of this and several media channels have reported about it this year. Which means mother-in-laws will not be easily fooled by this ruse the same time next year.