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Transcript of Korean culture
: wish for good luck and prosperity
(remain largely in British custom)
Tightly pulled back and away from the face
Gather the hair into a large bun
Use a long hair pin to decorate the hairstyle
Promise to marriage
What bride must wear on wedding day?
Promise to Marriage
AIS3984 Korean culture -
Traditional korean and western Wedding
a wedding singer
live wedding band
or DJ to play songs
By German composer, Richard Wagner
Flexible instruments & vocalists
Western Wedding Music
Performed live by instrumentalists
Play when guests arrive, followed by a farmer's dance.
Quiet during actual ceremony, marked by various drumbeats and commands issued by the officiant.
Traditional Korean Wedding Music
The Korean Wedding Band entertaining the crowd by singing wedding songs.
Sit down to enjoy music band
What the bride must wear
on wedding day
Groom receive a pair of wooden geese
Present only one to bride's mother
Bow to mother-in-law
Loyalty, lifelong partner, realization of hierarchy and order
Wear white socks and silk shoes
Resemble the shape of a boat Wealth
Three red circles painted on her face
To “send away evil spirits.”
: new life and expectation to future
Eg. New shoes or even new perfume!
Eg. Wedding dress from mother/grandmother
: purity, love and fidelity
before 19th century…
“Marry in blue, lovers be true”
: borrowed happiness
Eg. Antique jewelry, item from happy couples
Creative borrowing: loan
*remember to return them after wedding!
Groom on East, Bride on West of wedding table
Faced each other
Attendants help wash their hands
-> Purity and cleanliness
Bride bows twice first
Groom bows once
Kneeling down and face each other
Promise of commitment
1. Groom drinks from cup
2. Bride just sips or pretends to drink (Repeat twice)
3. Drink from separate halves of a gourd
* Another practice of drink all three times from gourd cup
Unity of the two
Place for wedding
Decorations: Minimal Decoration preferred
E.g. -Simply without ornaments
-Arranged of flowers and natural scenes
Aim: Enhancing purity
Also: Theme-based Decorations
served at wedding receptions following dinner
White color to symbolize virginity and purity
cutting of the cake
distributed among the guests
Bride and groom share a cake
symbolize union and promise to forever provide for each other
Multi-stories wedding cake
Rice Cake: Bongshitteok
A House of Worship
Before the chest arrives, a rice cake is placed on the table
covered with the wrapping cloth.
Two layers of rice cake covered in crushed red beans.
Couple as close as the two sticky layers of rice cake
Red beans: keep away all evils.
symbolizing fertility and health.
Various colors: five moral virtues.
Two taper candles with a large pillar candle in the center
Often white in colour
Decorated with wedding invitation, picture of the couple etc.
Symbolize the joining together of two families
jujube and chestnut
On the table where the couples bow around it
symbolize the endless generation
chestnuts and dates
Gifts from the bride's family to the groom's family
wishing that her daughter would be loved by her parents-in-law and would have a happy marriage.
To announce the arrival of the participants of the wedding
DJ will slowly escalate the tempo and intensity of the music.
Everyone stands up
Au Wing Tung
Hui Wing Sum
Kwong Man Wai
Lam Shu Yi
Lo Wai Yin
bride:white wedding dress
- a popular symbol of status that also carried "a connotation of innocence and sexual purity"
- tradition of a white wedding is credited to Queen Victoria-> wear a white wedding dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840
-originated from Egypt
1) the circle as a symbol of eternity
2)the ring served to signify the never-ending love between a man and a woman
-kept by a ring bearer before wedding
-a matter of tradition and etiquette
-the origin of the practice of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand -> believed that it houses a special vein that was connected directly to the heart
groom: suits (colour depends on the couples)
- rather spend the money purchasing alcohol nowadays
-jeogori (i.e. a short jacket with long sleeves)
-norigae, i.e.tied to the skirt or the ribbon on the jacket
-wedding costume for men is also known as gwanbok
A Sixpence in Her Shoe
At bride's yard or house
Gradually disappearing tradition
Influenced by the West
Unique and different from others
-usually contains 3 items:
1) Marriage letter
2) Red and blue fabrics
3) A collection of other valuables
for the bride from the groom’s parent
Usually the groom will enter the house by sedan chair or a horse.
Family members, relatives, friends and even neighbour will be invited