This past weekend, my side of the family and Sam’s side of the family got together to celebrate my nephew, Koda’s, first birthday or dol. It’s a big deal in Korean tradition, families throw huge parties inviting hundreds of guests. Like we did for Logan, Sam’s brother decided to keep it more intimate by inviting just family. With all the kids running around, it was still a packed house.
The cake was the best, it had a mini Yoda on top with the words, MAY THE 1ST BE WITH YOU, written on the bottom. It was by Eleana Perez, here’s her website and Instagram. Not only was the cake a piece of art, it was delicious, too! (Inside was a chocolate cake with fresh strawberries.)
The highlights of the day included the doljabi (read more about it below) and watching the kids run through the snake water sprinkler. (I wouldn’t recommend it since it popped early on.) All in all, it was a great time had by all.
The dol’s main event is a ritual called the doljabi where the child is placed in front of various objects such as string, money, a microphone and a stethoscope. The object symbolizes what the child will grow up to be or have. String means long life, money means wealth, microphone means entertainer and stethoscope means doctor. He chose the microphone! Maybe he’ll be a Korea pop star.