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What is a Bong and how is it observed in Japan?

One of the most exciting holidays in Japan – Bon. He came to the country in the mid-seventh century together with Buddhism, and was originally observed only by the aristocracy. Then, as the spread of Buddhism, became popular among other segments of the population. Bon successfully combined with traditional Japanese beliefs about the return of the spirits of their ancestors and reunite them with the living. Gradually, the holiday lost its purely religious significance and, like many holidays, has become secular.

During the festival, friends exchange gifts, Japanese workers are often given on the last day of the holiday weekend, and many times their release to the pore, to visit their homes and mingle with the spirits of their ancestors and living relatives. On these same days, as the New year, workers and employees are paid bonuses (bonuses in Japan traditionally pay two times a year).

Despite the fact that Bon – all souls ‘ day, is celebrated this festival is a fun, colorful, noisy. It involves a lot of rituals, ceremonies, rituals. And while the details of holding vary depending on the venue, the General features are the same everywhere.

On the eve of the house are thoroughly cleaned. Enjoy a special treat. Before a home altar (similar to a small niche, must-have 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.

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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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