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Korea. Holidays – the website’s Forum

Holidays love all the people on earth. Koreans can appreciate them because, despite having, at first glance, a “sufficient” number of holidays (nine public holidays), at loss of them at weekends, they are not “tolerated” on weekdays, so half the holidays just “burns”. That is why the Koreans with special awe are for every holiday and try to make it beautiful, bright and fun. Korea is a country where holidays are valued and respected.

Public holidays:

1 January – New year;

March 1 – the Day of the independence Movement of Korea;

April 5 – arbor Day in South Korea;

May 5 is children’s Day in South Korea;

 

New Year – 1 January

In different periods of the history of Korea calendar holiday dates change. So, the New year festival was celebrated in the 10th month, then in the 11th, the Day of the winter solstice, and, finally, in the 1st lunar month. Korean sources allow us to establish that the beginning of the New year celebrations in the 1st month refers to the mid-seventh century In the chronicle “the Saga Samguk” there Continue reading

Korean wedding

Modern Korean wedding is not like any vintage wedding ceremony or Western wedding. her new tradition was developed quite recently, in the fifties, but follow them in all of Korea.

Since the 1960s the main, though not the only, venue of the wedding ceremony became the “halls of rituals” – «erikjan”. Despite the uncertain name, these institutions are not “rituals”, namely the wedding.

Quite often the wedding is celebrated in the restaurant, in the hall which held all the necessary rites (exactly the same as in “esitjeni”). Some families prefer to spend the whole holiday at home, but there are now relatively few.

In old times a very great importance was attached to the selection of auspicious wedding days and even hours. This selection was carried out after consultation with a professional fortuneteller. In General this custom is still alive in our days, though now with a fortuneteller consulted more often about the only choice of the day (but not hours) of the wedding. Day determined by the ancient lunar calendar, not according to the accepted now in South Korea the Western Continue reading

Traditional Korean funeral

Korean funeral rite begins with the sheltering of the deceased in a special room separated with a screen, in front of a sacrificial table with a massive picture of the deceased. Photography came into use recently, the doprezh just replace the name plate. The corners of the image are encircled with black ribbons, too, the modern tradition: Korean funerals used to take place under a white the color of mourning. On the table of the sacrificial meal, incense, rarely – candles. A mourning ceremony ought to lead the closest relative of the deceased. Despite this, all stewards are invited more often to remove all the practical problems with relatives, grieving. In addition, this person is more aware of the nuances of the ceremony and rules, which, although easier, but still tricky. Another day on the Korean ceremony the corpse is washed, put in a coffin, which remains fenced. Prepare a mourning flag, which is then carried before the funeral procession. Embroider on it the surname, the clan of the deceased. For three days, until the body is in the house or the hospital, relatives, friends, people who knew the deceased come to pay their respects to the family. They’re supposed to meet the sons of the deceased. Daughter, usually, in a ceremony not attended. Korean funeral rite involved Continue reading

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