Like people in other countries, Koreans also hold house-warming parties (집들이) after moving into the new home. What types of gifts do Koreans bring to their friends’ house-warming parties? The gifts Koreans give are inexpensive and practical.
Yes, toilet roll again. Apart from being a gift to exam candidates, toilet roll is also an ideal gift for house warming parties. A Korean gives toilet rolls as gifts to express the wish that everything the people living in the house pursue will progress as smoothly as unrolling a toilet roll.
After mixing with water, the laundry detergent produces a lot of bubbles which symbolize wealth. A Korean gives laundry detergent as gift to express the wish that the people living in the house will become prosperous.
As toilet roll and laundry detergent are inexpensive, the guests of the house-warming parties usually buy a lot of these items as gifts. As a result, a person may receive several years’ supplies of toilet rolls and laundry detergent as gifts for the house warming party! 🙂
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