Beginning on June 1st 1973, South Koreans were legally prohibited from wearing traditional hemp mourning dress or placing more than two floral wreaths at a funeral.
GV, SV Ceremony at grave side(2 shots)
SCU Woman weeping
SV Ceremony in progress(3 shots)
GV Family seated near grave (2 shots)
MV Wedding invitations
SV Conventional wedding ceremony (4 shots)
MV Guests being handed presents as they leave ceremony
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Background: Beginning on June 1st 1973, South Koreans were legally prohibited from wearing traditional hemp mourning dress or placing more than two floral wreaths at a funeral.
They were also barred from sending printed cards to invited guests to funerals or wedding ceremonies, and from treating the guests to banquets.
These are some of the though stipulations of a new law enacted by the South Koran Government early in May in a move to eliminate waste, in terms of both money and time, in the life of the tradition-minded Korean people.
The law, consisting of 11 articles, also calls for the simplification of such rituals as ancestor worship and celebrations of the 60th birthday, a traditionally important occasion in the life of a Korean.
Violations of the new regulations will be subject to fines of up to US $1,250 dollars(approx GBP500 sterling).