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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

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

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Thinking about the cuisine of Korea, many think of Korean carrots. But, surprisingly, in the Asian country this appetizer is not common. Instead there are a variety of other delicious dishes and a special attitude toward food. If you watch a Korean film in almost every scene there is a meal. And some of the painting-totally dedicated to local cuisine. After all the food, according to residents of Korea, is an important element of traditional culture. What local chefs are ready to please the tourists?

Popular Korean dishes and snacks

Widespread we have Korean snacks in their homeland called kimchi. Take to prepare pickled vegetables, mostly radishes, cabbage or cucumbers. They are seasoned with chili, onion, ginger, garlic and is served at every meal. Koreans without kimchi cannot imagine your diet diet counting dish. When low calorie snack contains protein and many vitamins. Sometimes on the basis of kimchi make vegetable and fish soups.

Kimchi

Samhail – that’s what the Koreans are still proud of. Guests of the Korean dish too is not indifferent. It’s fatty pieces of pork meat that are not marinated and seasoned with spices and just fry on the grill. To sangachaly serves sauces, sesame oil, and eat meat, placing it on cabbage or lettuce.

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