"I hope this Hangawi (Chuseok) will be a joyous one for both men and women."
President Moon Jae-in's first Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, message focused on the theme of embracing one another as he wished a happy holiday to the nation.
"I hope this holiday will be one where the elderly tell young folks, "It's okay to not do well,"
where the young generation tells the older generation, "Thank you for being there, for being such an inspiration."
I hope it will be one full of warmth where we truly connect heart to heart with one another."
In a video message via social media and posted on the Blue House homepage ahead of one of the biggest and most important holidays in Korea, the new president extended his wishes for harmony by quoting a poem by Sister Claudia LEE Hae-in, a Catholic nun and well-renowned poet.
May we look at one another with eyes as soft and gentle as the moonlight.
May we lift the darkness of greed so our lives become brighter.
May we do away with hatred and bigotry thus become more well-rounded.
I pray with my two hands clasped together.
The president's choice of this poem is seen as his efforts to not only highlight harmony and unity within families and across generations but also to South Korea's political realm currently sharply divided over various issues.
Mr. Moon also thanked those working through the holidays to keep the nation safe and sound and closed out with a big holiday wish for the entire country.
"My fellow Koreans,
May your home be filled with joy this Chuseok holiday, meeting and greeting all those you love."
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House."