Holidays are full of sorrow for those who cannot return to their hometowns.
Along with those North Korean refugees living in Seoul, we held ancestral rites in a joint memorial service and paid our respects to our ancestors in North Korea. As the officiant, I recited a prayer during the ritual and prayed for the unification of the Korean Peninsula.
Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the division. Our sorrow and pain have been going on for too long.