Paebaek Ceremony

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This wonderful Korean ceremony signifies the bride's acceptance into the groom's family.
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The solemn Paebaek (pronounced PEBB-eck) ceremony reflects Korean tradition that the wedding of a man and woman represents the joining of their families. http://www.discjockey.org/

The solemn Paebaek (pronounced PEBB-eck) ceremony reflects Korean tradition that the wedding of a man and woman represents the joining of their families. http://www.discjockey.org/

In many Korean-American weddings, the Paebaek is held during the reception, to allow the Korean family to share its tradition with non-Korean guests. http://www.discjockey.org/

In many Korean-American weddings, the Paebaek is held during the reception, to allow the Korean family to share its tradition with non-Korean guests. http://www.discjockey.org/

The parents throw dates (for girls) and chestnuts (for boys) into the bride's open skirt, to reflect how many children they would like the couple to have. http://www.discjockey.org/

The parents throw dates (for girls) and chestnuts (for boys) into the bride's open skirt, to reflect how many children they would like the couple to have. http://www.discjockey.org/

The table is prepared with tea and treats, including dates and chestnuts. The couple (in this case, Lisa and Colin) and their parents will sit or kneel on the pillows. http://www.discjockey.org/

The table is prepared with tea and treats, including dates and chestnuts. The couple (in this case, Lisa and Colin) and their parents will sit or kneel on the pillows. http://www.discjockey.org/

The Paebaek begins with a show of respect, as the couple bows to the parents. Elders receive a full bow, siblings and peers a half bow. http://www.discjockey.org/

The Paebaek begins with a show of respect, as the couple bows to the parents. Elders receive a full bow, siblings and peers a half bow. http://www.discjockey.org/

The couple serves tea to the groom's parents (in this case, his mother). When tea is shared, the bride is officially accepted into the groom's family. http://www.discjockey.org/

The couple serves tea to the groom's parents (in this case, his mother). When tea is shared, the bride is officially accepted into the groom's family. http://www.discjockey.org/

The newlyweds take their traditional place at the table, and seal their union with rice wine or Korean vodka. http://www.discjockey.org/

The newlyweds take their traditional place at the table, and seal their union with rice wine or Korean vodka. http://www.discjockey.org/

The parents are invited to offer their wisdom and advice to the newlyweds. http://www.discjockey.org/

The parents are invited to offer their wisdom and advice to the newlyweds. http://www.discjockey.org/

The bride and groom place a date between their lips and kiss. Each bites off half the date. It is said, the one who gets the seed, has the power in the relationship. http://www.discjockey.org/

The bride and groom place a date between their lips and kiss. Each bites off half the date. It is said, the one who gets the seed, has the power in the relationship. http://www.discjockey.org/

Finally, to demonstrate strength, the groom carries the bride piggyback around the room. We've seen some grooms carry the bride's mother, too.

Finally, to demonstrate strength, the groom carries the bride piggyback around the room. We've seen some grooms carry the bride's mother, too.

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