Wooden Geese/Wedding Ducks (Kireogi)

In a traditional Korean wedding which was held in the bride's house, a bridegroom's first act after arriving at the bride's house was to offer a wooden goose to the bride's family as a token of lifelong fidelity which was the beginning of the wedding ceremony.
 

A pair of wild geese made from wood represent the new husband and wife. In the Jeonanrye part of the marriage ceremony, the groom gives a single kireogi to his mother-in-law. The geese symbolize several virtues that the couple should follow in their married life:
  • Wild geese keep the same partner for life. Even of one dies, the other will not seek a new partner for the rest of his or her life.
     
  • Wild geese understand hierarchy and order. Even when flying, they maintain structure and harmony.
     
  • Wild geese have the nature to leave their existance wherever they go. People should leave a great legacy for their descendants when they leave this world.

Still nowadays, wooden ducks are nice wedding presents appreciated not only in Korea but also in the western world.

 

 

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