These last 2 weeks have been busy! Simply, busy. With work, life, and everything else, it hasn’t left me any time to breathe. Each time I have tried to make some time to work on my blog, something has come up. I realized that if I didn’t make some time today, that I would miss another week. With my deadline close, I am finally updating, and with all that being said, here is an update on the last two weeks.
1. Korean Weddings
Spring is in the air and so is love! The past two weekends, I have attended a Korean wedding. Both weddings were fast, the brides were beautiful, and it was an adventure understanding the culture gap.
Korean weddings are like American weddings x10! Take out cake and reception and there you have it! The weddings start out with guests arriving to a beautifully decorated location. You sit and watch as the ceremony starts. There are no bridesmaids and no groomsmen. The only people that walk down the aisle are the bride’s and groom’s mothers (who walk down together), the groom, and of course the bride. Just like a wedding in the USA, in a Korean ceremony, the bride is walked down the aisle by here father, who then traditionally gives her away to her groom. Then the next part of the ceremony is the vows, which are all in Korean, followed by the ring exchange. Afterwards, the bride and groom are serenaded by a singer who sings them a song. I don’t know if it is the same song at each wedding, since I can’t understand the lyrics, but the songs sounded pretty! Finally, the bride and groom make their way to each set of parents, hug and kiss them, and then they are man and wife!
After the ceremony, guests can stay and take a picture with the newlyweds. Following that, everyone makes their way to eat. In the three weddings I have attended in Korea, each meal has been different. The first meal was a plated 5 course meal, the second was an amazing buffet with more options to count, and the third was a family style dinner where the food was on the table and you could choose from about 5 different options. While you eat, the bride and groom change into Korea’s traditional attire, the hanbok. They then both make there way to each table to thank all the guests. Once all that is said and done, the wedding is over.
A Korean wedding is typically 2 hours. As beautiful as parts of it can be, it is over in the blink of an eye. Both John and I are from families that love to party, so I definitely love having a reception, but a wedding is a wedding! 🙂
The mothers of the bride and groom, dressed in traditional hanboks, waiting to walk down the aisle.
The beautiful bride with her father.
Above: My friend/co-teacher Rachel and me at our Korean co-teacher, Vivien’s wedding.
Below: Rachel and me at our Korean co-teacher, Kylie’s wedding.
2. Korean Baseball Games
This past weekend, I also attended my first baseball game with friends! Baseball is a very popular sport here! People love to go to baseball games and spring is a perfect season for it, since the weather is beautiful. Though personally for me I find baseball games to be slower than most sports, it was still fun! Just like in the USA, at Korean baseball games you see fans decked out in their team’s gear, you hear chants and songs, and you feel the thrill. The amazing thing about a baseball game in Korea though, is the fact that you can bring anything you want into the stadium. You can bring food, drinks, blankets, etc.! There is no limit and no awful price gouging that you find in stadiums in the United States.
All in all, that has been my life these past 2 weeks. I have attended all these events with my friends and family here and enjoyed the cultural experiences. John and I have also enjoyed watching the flowers bloom and see the last bits of spring flowers before the leaves come in.
Though spring has been busy, it’s been a nice season so far! Now I am counting down the weeks until my family comes to visit!
Have a nice weekend! 🙂
Enjoy more spring pictures below! 🙂