Third generation K-Pop groups like BTS, Twice, Blackpink, Ikon, Seventeen, Red Velvet, NCT etc have taken over the world with their music styles influenced from hip-hop, R& B, ballads and many more. Its addiction has slowly trickled into young Indian hearts as well. Our youngsters definitely know about the Korean bands and music but do they know about the culture from where these melodies originate?
On August 8, South Korean students residing in Pune came together to celebrate their culture with the students of Symbiosis International College. It was a fiesta allowing Indian students to experience South Korea’s traditional food, popular games and last but not the least, festive clothes.
The event started off with students enthusiastically trying out the traditional South Korean dress known as ‘Hanbok’ for women and ‘Sagyusam’ for men.
Games such as ‘Jae-gi-cha-gi’ involving kicking a pom-pom and preventing it from falling to the ground were very exciting. The player with the most number of consecutive kicks won.
The day finally ended with an irresistible treat. The food varied from delicious glass noodles known as Japchae to sushi known as Gimbap to soft and sticky rice cakes called Tteokbokki, all served with authentic fermented cabbage known as Kimchi.
Their generosity and hospitality turned out to be similar to the Indian tradition ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’. There will always be parallels and disparities between various cultures but if we can appreciate the beauty of other cultures and show a willingness to learn other customs, we can have unique experiences. Cultural exchange allows us to make new friends, learn languages and most importantly, expand our horizons.