My baby girl Taja turned ONE today.
This past weekend was a significant one — as Taja’s Dol was celebrated with our parents as well as our in-town siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. A symbolic and perfectly quaint family party.
What is a DOL?
In the Korean tradition, this is a big celebration — on par with weddings. It symbolizes a huge feat which is the child’s survival of his/her first year. (Originating from Korea’s historically high infant mortality rate, reaching the first birthday was a huge milestone. Today the 100th day (baekil), 1st year and 60th year birthdays remain the greatest milestones in the Korean tradition.)
Taja wore a traditional Korean dress called a hanbok — and she engaged in the fortune telling ritual where she is placed in front of a selection of symbolic objects. She was encouraged to pick one which is believed will represent or foretell her future. Taja chose among the following objects placed in front of her: stethoscope (doctor), gavel (judge), drum sticks (drummer / musician), guitar (guitarist / musician), $100 bill (wealthy businessperson), pencil (scholar), a bowl of rice (will never go hungry), and thread (health and longevity).
To the satisfaction of her Halmuhnee (my mother), she picked the stethoscope first, followed by the gavel.
Doctor-Judge ain’t a bad hyphenate. So long as she’s happy…we’re happy.