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Have you ever been to a typical Korean birthday party? Today Emagasia going to bring you to a Korean birthday party. Different societies and cultures have different birthday traditions as well as different ideas about which birthdays are particularly meaningful.

Korean birthday party

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Korean Birthday Party

The Jewish have special Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations at 13, some Americans consider “Sweet 16” or 21 a special birthday, and Koreans have special birthday at 1 year old and 60 years old.

The first birthday in Korea ( not counting the day a child was born ) is called 돌잔치, and the 60th birthday is called 환갑.

In the past, when infant mortality rates were high, 돌잔치 became a celebration for a child who survived. Family members, relatives, and close friends gathered together to share food and celebrate the health of the child, as well as foretell the child’s future. The foretelling is called 돌잡이.

The child is seated before objects which are thought to symbolize his or her future, such as uncooked rice, a pencil, and a very long piece of string. The object that the child picks tells his or her fortune. So if he or she picks rice, Koreans believe the child will never have to worry about eating and therefore will live a comfortable, good life. A pencil or book means the child will become a scholar, string means the child will have a long life.

More recently people have added money, lotto tickets, a computer mouse, and other modern objects to the table to represent more contemporary professions and lifestyles.

환갑 also originates in the past when life expectancies were short and it was relatively rare to reach the age of 60. It celebrates a parent’s longevity. Children throw 환갑 ( sometimes called 희갑 ) for their parents, present them with new clothes, and invite all their relatives for the celebration.

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