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P’ye-Baek (Korean Tradition)

A P’ye-Baek (Korean Tradition)

The bride offers dates and chestnuts – symbols of children – to the groom’s parents while sitting at a low table covered with other symbolic offerings. The parents offer sake in return, and as a final gesture they throw the dates and chestnuts at the bride, who tries to catch them in her large wedding skirt. Although this ritual traditionally takes place a few days after the wedding, in the United States the p’ye-baek is often held right before the reception, with the bride and groom in full Korean costume. Family members may also offer gifts of money in white envelopes to the bride.

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