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What kind of presents do Koreans give on different occasions?

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Gift giving is guided as much by culture as personality. How about Korean culture? What kinds of gifts do Koreans give? Today, Emagasia will clarify you doubts and some examples about gift to Koreans. Let’s read on!

What kind of presents do Koreans give on different occasions?

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What kind of presents do Koreans give on different occasions?

When Koreans visit their friends’ houses, they always bring fruit. On the other hand, when visiting a friend at work, Koreans often bring bottled juice.

For a housewarming, Koreans usually give soap or tissue. Soap has a particular meaning – it is hoped that fortune will rise in your family as the soap bubbles rise in the air. Newlyweds moving into their first apartment usually receive enough soap and tissue for at least their first year together.

If you should attend a friend’s baby first birthday party, the typical present is a gold ring. Most Koreans still have a gold ring or two left over from their own first birthday. These days, some people will give money rather than a gold ring, but the first birthdays are still associated with gold rings. You can find special “first birthday” gold rings at almost jewelry shop.

Student with a big exam ahead usually receive 엿 ( a toffee-like-candy ) or 참쌀떡 ( a food made from sticky rice). In Korean, the verb “to pass” ( 붙다 ) sounds like the verb “to stick” ( 붙다 ) so students receive sticky presents such as these.

at big events such as weddings or funerals Koreans usually prepare envelopes of money. This tradition comes from a communal past when people exchanged labor with one another  in turn. When one family had a big event or crisis, others would contribute money or labor, knowing that if later they should need help, others would return the favor. If you should happen to attend a wedding or a funeral, you will easily fing the person in the reception area whose duty it is to receive envelopes of money from the guest. Bring on the gifts!

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