What if you could predict the fate of your child's future on their very 1st Birthday?! Well that's exactly what they do in Korean tradition! I feel honored I got to be a part of Jamie's special celebration AND I didn't even have to fly to Korea!
The birthday celebration was held in downtown San Diego at the Children's Museum, a kids dream destination! Dozens of friends and family showed up to his party to show their love. His Grandma and Grandpa even traveled all the way from their home in Japan just to attend the party!
In Korean culture the first birthday is called "Doljanchi" and a special fortune telling ritual is performed. In the past, the death rates for children were high and many children died before their first birthday, so it was an important milestone for the baby and parents. The whole village used to celebrate a baby's first birthday, sharing food and wishing for long life and fortune for the baby.
Today this ceremony blesses the child with a prosperous future and has taken on great significance in Korea. The birthday babies wear colorful traditional Korean outfits and sit on the elaborate table like emperors on a throne!
And wow, Jamie looked SO ADORABLE! I think he was diggin' the puffy robe and genie pants.
Before the fortune telling begins, decorations and offerings are carefully arranged on a table. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table and their choice is a prediction of their future.
Everyone gathered around with their i-phones ready for the big moment. Jamie's mom was elated and released her young son's hand. But then POOR JAMIE started to cry unsure of what was going on and why his mom had left him!!!
WHY ARE SOME KIDS SO DARN CUTE WHEN THEY CRY?! (see photos below)
The birthday boy soon calmed down and was ready to make a selection from all the shiny objects. Choosing the stethoscope predicts he will be a successful doctor... a flute signifies an artist in the making... and there was even a Golden State Warrior's (where his parents met) football.
SO WHAT DID HE CHOOSE?! Scroll down to find out...
Jamie choose the string of coins! Choosing money reveals that little Jamie will be wealthy when he grows up! His mom and dad were very proud :)