tradition

As is customary to celebrate it’s thanksgiving in Korea

It’s thanksgiving — one of three most important holidays of Korea. The significance of this event can be compared happy New year (Sollal) according to the lunar calendar and the Tano festival in honor of the end of agricultural works.

It is also called Confusion or Hangawi . which translates as “middle”, as it falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.

In ancient times, the tradition to celebrate it’s thanksgiving were of key importance for Korea, as the main occupation of the people of this country was agriculture. On this day, the peasants worshipped according to the custom of the ancestors, thanking them for a rich harvest and celebrated the completion of work in field with their neighbours.

But the history of the holiday it’s thanksgiving not known. Most historians say about the version about a special relationship to the ancient legends connected with the worship of the moon, particularly the full moon that turns even the darkest night into light. During this the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, Koreans, and made fun of the festivities. They feasted, danced, and generally, considered to this day one of the most important of the year. This view has continued in modern Korea.

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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

Japanese traditional clothes

Each country has its own traditions and culture, which can not affect the clothing of a particular nation. In Japan there is a traditional outfits for festivals, casual wear, various accessories that are not only extraordinarily beautiful, but have deep historical roots. Stay on the most famous Japanese clothing – kimono.

The kimono is a national dress of Japan in the form of a robe, which is fastened at the waist with a special belt, called Obi, and the sleeve has a width exceeding the thickness of the hands. Kimono has straps and twine, which are used instead of buttons. The length of such gown might vary, but usually reaches the ankles. Kimono is worn by both men and women. Dressed in kimono always on the right side. And the Obi is wrapped several times around the body and tie a bow.

The traditional dress has more than twelve elements that need to dress in a certain way. And for holidays and important events, are invited to attend even a special costume that should have nothing like a special license to perform this type of work.

Today, Japanese women abandoned complex multilayer garments, and began to wear kimono in one or two layers. Full set kimono dress for weddings or formal events.

Figure kimono

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