Getting through a Jesa with Your Pups

The most patient dog in Korea

Another jesa is on for our family which is a typical routine at a home of the eldest son.  My father, the eldest of six, has been in charge of our family’s jesa (제사) – a traditional rite where you pay respect to your ancestors – for years that I can remember.  My mom, who has married my dad at the age of twenty-four, has now become a master of preparing jesa-sang (제사상: the table setting for jesa).  There are many things to prep for a jesa but mostly it is the dozens of traditional dishes that needed to be made as an offering to the ancestors.  Since both daughters were here in Korea for the time of this jesa my mom was overjoyed as she was not alone in the kitchen to cook out all the jesa food.

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