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The Engagement Before the engagement the Koreans would exchange the eight characters or four pillars This will determine if the match is suitable When this process is over they will call for a local fortuneteller to see if the couple could live in harmony The Korean call this Kung-hap Afterwards during the engagement gifts would be delivered to the bride and groom the day before the wedding Friends of the groom would then blacken their faces with dried squid ink and dress in costumes They would then parade with a box filled with gifts or known as hahm As they get closer to the brides house they will chant Hahm forsale buy a hahm Her parents would rush out to greet the gift-bearers These days families would meet in a restaurant and bring many gifts Korean American families can spend around 30000 to 40000 on gifts alone The Wedding Outfit The gown worn by the bride was once the gown of the noble class The lime-green known as the wonsam and the hwarrot or known as the flower robe is decorated with flowers and butterflies Underneath the gown she wears a hanbok which is a doll-like traditional dress of Korea On her head is a black cap with gems On her feet she wears white socks and embroidered shoes The make-up is simple except for three red circles yomi konji that are the sizes of a nickel Those circles are traditionally made of red pepper but now its often drawn on They are suppose to ward off evil spirits The grooms faruotsu is also the dress of the nobility Its made of dark green damask with symbols woven in gold He wears a tall black cap made of silk Traditional costumes can be rented in Korean shops starting around 15000 The Wedding Traditionally the groom would give his new mother-in-law a live goose as a sign of
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