Marriage and Wedding Ceremony

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Topic: Wedding ceremony between China and Korea

A. Method of this paper:
I like to attend the wedding ceremony and in the future I will be a bride, so I want to know about the whole process of wedding ceremony and introduce it to everybody. Wedding ceremony is very romantic and sweet, everybody look for a true lover to get married. So the wedding ceremony is necessary part of our life. In my paper, I will introduce you about the wedding in Korea and in China. There are some common things and different things between these two countries. Some customs in Korea are circulated form ancient China. Of course, Korean also has their classic wedding ceremony. Then I talk about the luxury wedding ceremony, what problems are existed till now and people’s opinion.

B. The main body

Common things
Both Korea and China, the marriage between a man and woman represents the joining of two families, rather than the joining of two individuals. Immerse traditional Confucian values. Like the Chinese, Koreans also exchanged the "eight characters" to determine if the match was suitable. But nowadays the religion problems appeared, so some of the Korean doesn’t trust the fortune-teller, they trust the god and themselves.

1) Korea

1. Korean wedding
Traditional wedding in South Korea has become one part of the Korean popular culture, while the earliest part was dating back to 300 years ago. In ancient Korea:
In ancient times, the wedding day the weddings were held in the bride's yard or house. The groom traveled by horse to the bride's house and after the wedding ceremony took his wife in a palanquin (cart) to his parents' house to live. The bride and groom wore formal court costumes for the wedding ceremony. Ordinary people were permitted to wear the luxurious clothes only on their wedding day. Hand lanterns are used for lighting the way from the groom's home to the bride's home on the night before the wedding. Traditionally, the groom's family would carry a wedding chest filled with gifts for the bride's family. Wedding ducks are a symbol for a long and happy marriage. Cranes are a symbol of long life and may be represented on the woman's sash. In larger cities, luxury hotels will have 'wedding rooms' used specifically for wedding ceremonies. These rooms are decorated with a wedding motif and rented to couples. The groom usually traveled to the house of the bride for the ceremony, then stayed there for 3 days before taking his new bride to his family's home. The actual ceremony involved many small rituals, with many bows and symbolic gestures. The participants were expected to control their emotions and remain somber.

2. Steps
First, western ceremony
The couple will swear to each other, and people present at the ceremony they will prove their sweet love. Second, banquet
In Korea, banquet is just a form.
Wealthy people will hold it in a big hotel and provide beefsteak and wine for the guest. Normally people will hold it at a place-specific for the wedding and the food is normal. But in China, banquet is an important process during the wedding ceremony. The couple salutes to the guest for thanking their attendance. People can hold their wedding in hotel, but depend on your budget, will divided into some levels. Third, traditional ceremony, only with elders

This is the most complex process during the wedding ceremony. It is only with present. And something is from ancient China. Like the jujube indicate baby, just different style but the meaning is same. And salute tea to parents, it’s the traditional ceremony in ancient China.

3. Dress[pic]
The bride's attire: The women's attire includes a jeogori (저고리, short jacket with long sleeves) with 2 long ribbons which are tied to form the otgoreum (옷고름). A chima (치마), a full length, high waisted wrap around skirt is worn. (See Chima jeogori or Hanbok) Boat shaped shoes made of silk, are worn with white cotton socks. The bride's attire might include a white sash with...
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