Marital bliss

What does a wedding in North Korea look like?

North Koreans gather during a marriage ceremony in a park in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Sharon LaFraniere/The New York Times)

North Korean weddings are not just about the bride and groom in their traditional hanbok dresses; the government and ruling party also get involved, according to a North Korean defector. Right after the official traditional ceremony, the newlyweds pay their respects to — and often take photos with — the statue of the late Supreme Leader Kim Il-sung. They are not allowed to get married on the birthdays of the former leaders, April 15th and February 16th. If you’re from an elite family, weddings are held in grand scale, replete with expensive gifts and attendance from important party officials. Another strange tradition includes stuffing dates and flowers into the jaws of a live hen, as well as stuffing red chili into the beak of a live rooster. After the big day is all over, there is no expectation of honeymooning; the happy newlyweds go right back to work the very next day.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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