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Korean traditions that you knew about.

Korean traditions that you knew about.

Representatives of more than 120 nationalities live in Krasnodar, and each has its own traditions and holidays. Today we are talking about Korean. Why Koreans celebrate only two birthdays and why they add another year to their age – this is what our article says.
You’ll always be a year older.
Why is this happening and where did this “oddity” come from?
– If in the West the first year begins from the moment of birth, then in Korea-in fact from the moment of conception of the child. According to local customs, the time spent by the infant in the womb is taken into account, and it is counted as a year. When a child is born, then by our standards, the baby is already like a year old. Why? It’s very simple: the fetus develops in the womb. The anniversary of the birth is widely celebrated, it is a very significant event in the life of Koreans, ” explains Veniamin Han, an elder of the Krasnodar Regional Korean National-Cultural Autonomy.
By the way, according to him, there are three significant holidays. Since ancient times, it has been customary to widely celebrate the anniversary of a child, a wedding – when a guy or girl radically changes their life, and the 60th anniversary, which is considered as the 61st anniversary.
Why are Koreans already born one-year-olds? If in the West the first year begins from the moment of birth, then in Korea-in fact from the moment of conception of the child. According to local customs, the time spent by the infant in the womb is taken into account, and is counted as a year.
There are no Korean-style carrots in Korea.
Have you ever tried Korean cuisine? Some will say yes, and cite the famous spicy carrot salad as an example. And they will be wrong. It’s funny, but most Koreans have never tried such a salad, they basically do not know about its existence.
– When people from Korea come to Russia, whether they are from the South or the North, they experience a culture shock. Carrots in Korean were invented by the Soviet Koreans. Fellow countrymen are still surprised by the abundance of mayonnaise in our supermarkets, – says Veniamin Vladimirovich.
By the way, carrots in Korean are a variation of the traditional Korean dish kimchi, the main ingredient of which is Peking cabbage. Soviet Koreans, descendants of pre-revolutionary immigrants who were deported to the republics of Central Asia, could not get the necessary cabbage for kimchi, so they began to replace it with carrots. As a result, carrots replaced cabbage from the Soviet version of kimchi and turned out carrots with spices “in Korean”.
The color of grief is white.
The grief for the departed is the same among all peoples, but it is expressed in completely different ways. Some people wear black on the occasion of mourning, while others wear white or red. Some meet grief in silence and with restraint, others cry loudly, injure themselves, and some even dance.
– Is it true that Koreans dress in white when they go to funerals?
“True,” says Benjamin Khan.
Personally, I can’t imagine, for example, how you can come to an Adyghe funeral in white. This is simply unthinkable!

  • White color in the East is the color of the end of life, previously they generally hired mourners who had a lot of experience in conducting funerals, knew all the traditions and rituals well. It is our custom to bury on the third day after death. The day of death is considered the first day for Koreans. Within three days, all relatives and friends say goodbye to the deceased. In general, in our culture there are customs and traditions that, to put it mildly, look strange to representatives of other peoples. For example, in Western countries it is considered indecent to ask a woman’s age, in Korea – on the contrary. When getting acquainted, the first thing to find out is how old the interlocutor is and what his social status is. Not out of idle interest, but to show respect. In Korea, many things are unusual and sometimes even difficult for a Westerner. But if you understand the culture, it will be the love of a lifetime.
    Goodbye at 60.
    According to an old custom, the Koreans have accepted that the children of the hero of the day are obliged to celebrate the 60th anniversary. That is, they should take on all the costs and hassle of celebrating the anniversary.
    – This is the duty of children, the failure of which is a disgrace to them, to their children, to their children’s children up to the seventh generation! Therefore, Koreans do everything to fulfill their filial duty to their parents and not be disgraced. There was no greater praise in Korea than a dutiful son. Let it be modest, but children are obliged to celebrate the anniversary of their parents. Previously, it was celebrated very lavishly, because rarely anyone lived to this age. This is a kind of farewell to a person who, in turn, sums up life. Now 70, 80, 90, and 100 years are widely celebrated, ” the elder emphasizes.

Mikhail Seropyan, Head of the Department for Interethnic Relations and Religious Affairs of the Department of Internal Policy of the Krasnodar Administration, spoke about how national and cultural associations survived the pandemic and how they work now in the new conditions.
– Who could have imagined that festivals and holidays, round tables and scientific and practical conferences would be impossible to hold with the participation of the active national and cultural associations, Krasnodar residents? But the work did not stop.
Some of the events last year were held in the online format. Unfortunately, a number of planned meetings had to be abandoned due to the pandemic, but only for a while. Working on online platforms is a new experience for us, but despite this, we consider it a success. This year, we are gradually returning to our usual life and have already held many events in compliance with all the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor. Among them – a round table on the prevention of extremism and terrorism among young people. The Center of Abkhazian Culture held a regional festival in the Public Information Center. Events organized by Greek public associations and the cultural Center of Afghan Youth were held. Last year, despite the difficulties, work was carried out to teach children their native language, national dances and music.
In turn, the administration of Krasnodar provides information, methodological, and property support to national and cultural associations. For example, thanks to funding from the municipal budget, offices and a concert hall are provided free of charge in the Public Information Center. Funds are allocated from the city budget under the sub-program “Harmonization of interethnic relations and prevention of terrorism and extremism” of the municipal program “Development of Civil Society”.
National associations actively participate in the implementation of municipal and regional programs for the prevention of extremism and the harmonization of interethnic relations. Thanks to them, important events aimed at strengthening interethnic harmony and cooperation are held: festivals and holidays, round tables and scientific and practical conferences. Thus, there is a mutual enrichment of national cultures, and a respectful attitude towards representatives of all nationalities living in Krasnodar is formed.