Reagan's Doljanchi: Dol Party

Gun to my head, I could not pronounce the title of this post, but it was a fabulous celebration nonetheless. If you'd like to read more about this Korean tradition, click here. Here's the gist: children dress in traditional Korean costumes on their first birthdays. They are then placed before a table of various foods and objects such as thread, books, brushes, money, etc. The child is urged to pick up an object and it is believed that the one selected first will foretell the child's future. (For example, if the child picks up a writing utensil or book, she/he is destined to be a scholar.)

Soon after our arrival in VA, my sister, Jessica, and I attended my Uncle JaiP's 70th birthday party in Columbia, MD. The following day, Reagan and I returned to the scary state and we celebrated the first birthdays of Reagan and her cousins, Dara and Cora. It was a fabulous event and we are so grateful for the generosity and hospitality extended by our father's family.

Here's a photo bomb of the event:

How cool are these?!

Beautiful birthday banner

Reagan's cake

One cake per child and a gorgeous table

Reagan with my cousin, Jubin

A small part of our feast!

With my Uncle JaiYoung...yeah, she loves my family:)

Cool display of Cora's baby photos

Reagan and Dara (about 2 1/2 months apart in age)

Reagan went first (items: microphone, paper and pencil, stethoscope, $100 bill, xylophone) 

Our little scholar picked up the pencil and paper

Dara had her eyes set on the xylophone from the get-go!

Cora wasn't too thrilled about the whole event

Reagan and I with some of our aunts and uncles and cousins

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