The World Mission Society Church of God hosted its annual K-Food Festival on January 21, kicking off the year with a vibrant celebration. Located in New Windsor, the event brought together hundreds of people for a day filled with diverse activities.
Guests enjoyed a variety of savory authentic Korean dishes like galbi, gimbop, hotteok, tteokguk, and kimchi. Attendees also experienced traditional games like dakji and tuho. The festival even offered the chance to learn Hangul, the Korean alphabet.
As the day unfolded, a concert took center stage, featuring mesmerizing performances. Performances included buchaechum fan dance, ganggangsullae, an ancient Korean dance, and dynamic drumming styles like modeum buk, samulnori, and samgomu. The event took a modern turn with an octet singing the patriotic Korean song “A Beautiful Country,” followed by the Church of God Choir and Orchestra delivering a lively rendition of the Korean hymn “Mother Builds the Temple.”
Korean Cultural Exhibition
Adding an educational touch, a walk-through exhibition showcased the history of South Korea post-WWII. The same exhibit made it’s debut during 2022’s Korean Culture Experience event. The exhibit highlighted Korea’s rapid economic growth, global impact, and the surge in popularity of K-culture worldwide. Korea became a global leader in electronics and automobiles, and companies like Samsung, Hyundai, and LG arose. Heavy investment in education produced highly skilled and educated workers. South Korea’s journey from poverty to prosperity involved a special mindset of love for the country, unity, education, resilience, and hard work that is difficult to match. The exhibit concluded with insights into the history of Christianity in Korea, exploring the roots of the Church of God and its belief in Elohim—God the Father and God the Mother.
Moreover, same mindset that led Korea into prominence can be seen in Church of God members today. The beautiful cultural heritage, hardworking spirit, and unbreakable love and unity that shaped Korea have become an example and foundation for Church of God members worldwide.
Bringing the Community Together
As part of the global family, the Church of God yearned to make an effort to bring people together for an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. The day was filled with food and performances created by the members with love towards the community.
This year’s K-Food Festival marked a decade since its inception. It evolved from a humble kimchi-making gathering into a cherished celebration of Korean culture. The event exemplifies the growing interest in South Korea, offering a delightful blend of food, fun, music, and cultural exploration for all who attended.
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Also, take a look at some of the Korean culture events hosted in years past: