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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

Wedding in Korea

Korean wedding is a wedding ceremony two: the European and national style.

In many European ceremony similar to wedding from the movies. Beautifully decorated wedding hall, the man, the registering Registrar, a family friend who speaks. You may wish to invite a priest as the main religion professed by the population is Christianity, in particular Catholicism. But it also has elements of national traditions, too. For example, when the ceremony begins, the first in the hall are both mothers (bride and groom), ceremony held on the carpet and stand in front of the guests.

Then they canayda each other as a sign of respect and light red (mother of the bride) and blue (mother of the groom) candles symbolizing the opening of the celebration. Then the red carpet is the bridegroom, and stands again in front of guests. Solemn music plays. Under Mendelssohn’s March father of the bride leading her by the hand, at this time the husband comes to meet and takes the bride’s hand from the father’s hand. This is all very symbolic: now the full responsibility for the bride bears the husband. Then the couple comes to the marriage Registrar, who read out the speech and words of encouragement to the newlyweds. As is customary, asked the bride and groom if they agree to get married. The first takes the ring to the groom, 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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