Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dol or Dohl: Korean First Birthday Part II

More photos…. some of these are much more candid (read: crying). Some photos show Koma wearing the hanbok that belonged to me when I was her age. And of course, dol isn’t complete without a doljabi, in which the child selects an object among several on a table to predict his/her future.  For example, thread means long life, a book means she’ll be a scholar, a brush means she’ll be artistic, money means she’ll be wealthy, a stethoscope means… (insert whatever your perception of medicine is here). Our girl chose a paintbrush, so hopefully she’ll carry through on those artistic tendencies.     (some photos courtesy of my cousin, thanks!)

 

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Dol or Dohl: Korean First Birthday

Our youngest is now almost a year old. The first birthday (or dol or dohl) is a big deal in the Korean culture, and we celebrated a few weeks early (doljanchi) while we were at Halabuhji and Halmoni’s house, to include as many family members’ plans as possible. I started looking through Pinterest for ideas and found many, although I didn’t actually do much physical planning until we hit Chicagoland. We used the french doors as the bones for the pink and white background seen in the photos. Colorful paper fans set the top border and balloons on each side framed the entire scenery which highlighted the amazingly (i’m still surprised!) cooperative birthday girl perched upon her throne with the dol table set below her. Her hanbok colors tied into the cake decorations.

 

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