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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Weddings


Here in the USA, June is well known for a perfect wedding. An outdoor one would be divine with maybe an arch to stand under while taking your vows. No matter your age, in your heart there is that special fairy tale wedding


but not all the dreams are the same.............................
This is Korean wedding picture. Bright colors are important in Korean wedding attire to inspire the brightness of spirit that is required at such a special event. A strange tradition is that after the wedding, friends of the groom take off his socks, tie a rope around the ankles and start beating soles of his feet with dried yellow corvina. Yellow corvina is a kind of fish! It is done so to make the groom stronger before the first wedding night and they do not throw rice at the newlyweds....they throw dried red dates to symbolize diligence.

A Japanese bride-to-be is painted pure white from head to toe, visibly declaring her maiden status to the gods. While the bride and groom exchange their wedding vows, their families face each other, instead of the couple getting married. A traditional Japaneses marriage ceremony will include the drinking from nine cups of sake. The sake drank during the ceremony is not always delicious. It is the same with life. All kind of troubles will appear. But the bride and groom will have to overcome them with spirit of unity present in the ceremony.
The color of red means good luck in
Chinese culture so everything from the dress to the lanterns is red. Traditionally, the parents of the groom will provide the happy couple with a new bed complete with all the necessary components. Comforters, pillow cases, sheets and anything else that goes with making the bed warm and comfortable are part of this gift. On the day of the wedding the couple will serve tea to both of their parents and other esteemed wedding guests, in order of seniority. In return, the guests will present the couple with gold jewelry and money in red envelopes.


Their wedding cake is in many layers and the Bride and Groom will feed each other the first piece cut, with their arms entwined.
(to be continued)

3 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Very interesting - all the customs being so different and unique. Sandie

Farmchick said...

Nice post. I enjoy learning about cultural differences. I love the red! My favorite color. Looking forward to your next post.

Granny Annie said...

Ron and I stood in front of a pastor who was in a jogging suit. Our wedding was in the courthouse chapel where we exchanged our vows. It was just the two of us saying we would love and honor each other until death and it was beautiful.