Important Days of Celebration for Families
In family life, many significant events take place, such as the births, marriages, or deaths of family members or friends. These are important to both the individual and the family, so you should spend time with members of your family on such occasions.
- Baekil (One Hundredth Day) : In Korea, the hundredth day following the birth of a child is cause for a big celebration. Typical foods served at a hundredth day celebration include steamed rice cakes, honey cakes made from red bean, and seaweed soup. The child is dressed in new clothes to celebrate this special day.
- Dol (First Birthday) :Relatives and friends are invited to the child's first birthday party. The child is dressed in a traditional Korean costume, known as hanbok. Traditionally, a table is laid in celebration, with steamed rice cakes, honey cakes, fruits, thread, rice, money, a pencil, and a book. The child selects an object from the table, and he or she is given words of wisdom from his or her elders. Recently, some restaurants have begun to offer a first birthday table preparation service.
- Birthday :With regards to one's elders, birthdays are referred to as saengshin. In Korea, seaweed soup is cooked for breakfast on birthdays. Sometimes, relatives and friends are invited to celebrate together. The invited guests prepare birthday gifts, or give money.
- Korea today, most weddings are performed in the modern instead of the traditional style. Modern style weddings can be held in wedding halls, churches, or temples. During the ceremony, the groom wears a suit, and the bride wears a dress. After the ceremony, the bride and groom change into traditional Korean outfits for Paebaek to the groom's parents.
- Paebaek : Special food prepared for the bride's parents-in-law during the first visit
- Hoegap and Gohiyeon (Banquets to wish for longevity)
- Hoegap :60th birthday. As life spans were shorter in the past, children would offer congratulations to their parents on their 60th birthdays, to wish them good health and longevity. Although big parties were thrown in the past, these are now often replaced with gifts such as travel packages or money.
- Gohiyeon :On one's 70th birthday, a party is held on a larger scale than for a typical birthday.
* Source : Danuri (The multicultural family support portal site)