Friday, December 12, 2008

Six Geese A-Laying


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I found the Korean wedding tradition of giving wooden geese during the wedding ceremony very sweet. The geese are called kirogi. The birds, a traditional symbol at weddings, mate for life. And they travel great distances to bring back food for their young. The groom traditionally brought a live goose to the mother-in-law to show his commitment to his bride. Many couples keep their wedding geese in their home. It's said when the couple is happy with each other they face beak to beak. When the couple is having an argument, the ducks can be turned away from each other until they make up.

Wooden geese available through Korean Arts.com, Bagged Geese photo by Selva, colorful Korean painted geese available through Antique Alive.com, and picture of traditional Korean Bride by Shisun.

2 comments:

Once A Bride said...

I'm really loving this series. Especially great job on this one--I had no idea about the korean geece tradition.

Melissa said...

Thanks Once a Bride! I really love learning about other traditions as well!