Kimchi Parties Are Real, And They Keep The Kimchi Flowing All Year Long

December 4, 2014 12:00 PM

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Kimchi Parties Are Real, And They Keep The Kimchi Flowing All Year Long

Ain't no party like a kimchi party. Seriously. Once a year in Korea, communities spend an entire day (and sometimes longer) making kimchi together. The special day is called Gimjang. It's the tradition of preparing fermented vegetables, and it happens nation-wide during November and December to preserve a boatload of vegetables for consumption in the winter months.

This kimchi party typically consists of Korean women who gather together for the labor-intensive process of preparing kimchi. The tradition -- and the dish itself -- is centuries old and formed out of necessity: Before electricity and modern-day specialized kimchi refrigerators, people would harvest...

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