Sunday, June 24, 2012

Little Prince's First Birthday

June 23
 Dol (doljanchi, or tol) is probably one of the best-known of the Korean birthday celebrations. Dol is celebrated for the first birthday of a child. When Korea had little medicinal knowledge, many newborns would die from childhood diseases or because of Korea’s seasonal temperature differences. When a child lived to be a year old during that period, it was a very joyous occasion.

Well our grandson's, Rainn, first birthday is today and in proper Korean tradition had various objects placed before him. The one he selects from money, stethoscope,  calculator, string, etc is a prediction about his future. With pleading from those attending to chose those items which may indicate a prosperous career, Rainn's choices are rice (won't be hungry, but won't have much money), and a pencil (genius).

                                                        Our daughter, Kim, and Rainn
                                  Matt, Kim, and Rainn with homemade lion birthday cake
                                                  Not so princely, Little Prince

                                    Kim with Mr. Burns, her pet boa, and brother, Nicholas

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