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 sends the groom’s mother a length of silk fabric. In the old days this gift was very valuable and was considered a sign of respect. Modern girls silk replaced by other gifts, such as linen or high-quality cookware set.

Groom’s gift – box and “changana” . Touted for 7-10 before the wedding, before this gift was presented the day before the celebration the bride’s family. The contents of the boxes – two cut silk blue and red colors for the skirt of the traditional costume “hanbok”. Fabric two flowers symbolizes the feminine and masculine. “Changana” is a letter written by the groom’s father, in which he thanked the bride’s parents for consent to give his daughter in marriage.

The wedding day Korean traditions

In the morning in the groom’s house, the whole family gathers around the table. After a small meal the bridegroom, on his knees, thanked his parents for what they had raised and approved the choice of the bride. Then, dressed in an outfit for the ceremony, together with matchmakers and friends comes to the bride’s house. There is the rite of the ransom – groom gifts relatives gifts and kids sweets and toys. Also on the way to the beloved are bridesmaids, arranging small contests – test.

After meeting the bride and groom occupy a Central place at the table. Parents give instructions and pass the bride her dowry – pillows, bed linen, kitchen utensils, – everything that will help the newly-made wife, will handle the role of mistress of the house.

Meanwhile in the groom’s house preparing for the arrival of young. On the floor lay a trail of silk, put a bag of rice. The bride must step over the bag and pass through a silk carpet in the family have prosperity and abundance.

Traditional clothing for the wedding is “hanbok”, and not only for the young, newlywed mother also wears this outfit. Now the majority of young people adopted the European style: white dress for brides and formal suit for the groom.

To the venue of the ceremony, the newlyweds arrive in advance. The bride with her friends primp in a separate room. And the groom together with parents to meet the guests.

The first in a ceremonial hall of the young mother go, then the bridegroom and after him the bride is already with the father, humbly looking downwards.

When conducting the traditional ceremony of the young make prostrations in front of each other, tasting ritual wine, bring your vows, and then bow to the parents already. After the ceremony, the bride makes a bow before the parents of the groom, which is called “PBC”.

Officially becoming husband and wife, the couple together with all invited to the Banquet goes.

Interesting facts Korean wedding

According to Korean customs mother of the groom should not go to josemari.

The date of the upcoming wedding you want to play using the lunar calendar, refusing to conduct the ceremony in a leap month.

Guests at the wedding, usually more than a hundred people. It is customary to celebrate large-scale, inviting not only close relatives but also all the friends, colleagues and just good friends. Why not hold the wedding on a weekday, choose a Saturday or Sunday, all are invited to not miss the event because of his employment.

Instead of Mendelson’s March in the ceremony hear the work of Wagner with the same title “the Wedding March”.

Venue of wedding ceremony is decorated with figures of birds. Figurines made of wood was replaced a couple of live ducks, symbolizing loyalty.

Married Koreans keeping my name, and born in marriage children are the husband’s surname.

The Bridal table is decorated with a rooster, the beak of which is red pepper. The rooster is the symbol of many children and fidelity, and pepper protects from troubles, brings wealth, luck and happiness to the new family.

It is customary to give the newlyweds money, each guest must sign the envelope with the gift.

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