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Korean Tradition

Respect for elders

Age and social position are of great importance. It is believed that the younger one standing or lower social position are required to follow the senior wishes without objection. Therefore, in Korea, people often ask the age, marital status of a person in order to determine their position in relation to that person. These questions are asked not out of idle curiosity. However, you may not answer them if you don’t want.

Names

The most common Korean surnames are: Kim (21% of all Koreans), Lee (14%), Park (8%), Choi (or choe), Jeong, Jang, Han, lim, etc. a Korean name consists of a surname mostly of one syllable, and as such, the name usually of two syllables. The last name comes first. Women in Korea do not take the husband’s surname after marriage, but their children carry their father’s name.

Marriages

In Korea marriage is traditionally considered the most important event in life, and divorce is a disgrace – not only for former spouses, but also for their families. Despite this, the rate of divorce is rising sharply in recent times. Modern wedding ceremony is somewhat different from traditional. First arranged the ceremony in the Western style in the Palace of marriage or in the Church. On it the bride and groom are clothed Continue reading

Japan: the country, people, tradition

The country is a mystery. Far from the East of Europe there is a country that holds many mysteries. It’s Japan. No one really can answer, where did its people, had its myths, as was its ancient traditions and why they are so sacred to this day. silkworms. They hunted and did fishing.

Haniwa depicting

man. III–VI centuries.

Japan is a country consisting of Islands. Closest to Asia – Kyushu, up to 200 kilometers. In ancient times there was only accessible by ship. With him it and began the settlement of the Islands by the people of Mongoloid origin. People settled in small groups, mainly on the coast and along rivers. Most lived in simple shelters, even the rulers dwelt in thatched houses, where the posts and beams were fastened with ropes of vines. The main food was rice, which were able to produce vodka and sake. The Japanese knew spinning and weaving, growing mulberry trees for cultivation

The largest island of Japan, Honshu. Since the beginning of our era, it gradually settled by immigrants of Korea and then China. They really enjoyed the mild climate of plains, abundance of flowers and trees, the fertility of the soil. They brought with them new skills, tools, crops, jewelry, writing. Gradually, more and less ancient settlers on the island mixed into one nation.

The ancient religion of the Japanese. The ancient Japanese Continue reading

Wedding traditions and rituals

Traditions and rituals in Korea

“Sarenne” (half a year before the wedding)

At this time the couple announces to parents that the marriage will take place. Parents must approve the Union of the lovers, their opinion plays a very important role. In the old days parents chose a couple to your child, sometimes only the young got acquainted at the wedding.

Josemari (matchmaking, collusion)

The groom with his father and some other relatives (number of matchmakers must be odd), takes the vodka, cooked chicken, other treats, and go to the bride’s house. The bride must consent, approving future marriage. Previously it was thought wrong to give a positive response the first time. So matchmakers have to come multiple times (up to ten) to hear what they want.

If the consent of the parents of the bride received, the couple is considered engaged. After that decided to hold the cenci.

Cenci (trial wedding or a large matchmaking)

In the house the bride is going to relatives and friends of the groom meet with the family, and then at the festive, richly laid table, discuss all the details of the upcoming wedding.

The exchange of gifts

Bridesmaid gift – “sedan” . For 70 days before the wedding, the bride Continue reading

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