(Closed) Korean tradition – Please help!

posted 8 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s a “tradition” that started in Korea sometime in the mid-80s. The symbolism is the uniting of two lives (bride and groom) into one. I found this book pretty interesting: Getting Married In Korea: of Gender, Morality, and Modernity by Laurel Kendall. (Yes, it’s strange that it’s written by an american academic, but does break down a lot of the korean wedding traditions and how they’ve changed over the past 100 or so years in Korea).

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i think the lighting of candles symbolizes life. our mothers gave birth to us so they each light one candle. then the bride & groom light one candle together to symbolize their new life as one. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well they light them simultaneously, each on either side of the altar at the same level.  It doesn’t have to be several candles either.  A lot of modern ceremonies just have them lighting one candle each.  I think it partly signifies 2 separate families (so they each deserve their own separate candle), and also it would probably be too clumsy/awkward to have the women trying to light a candle together.  Not really sure though, it’s just what you do in a Korean wedding lol.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My mother is Korean and she told me that it also stood for a blessing, kind of like when your father gives you away. Each mother is giving her blessing to the unity, thus signifing by lighting the unity candles.

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