Every birthday is special in Korea. But some milestones are greater significance than others. In modern day Korea, “Dol” is one of the best-known birthday celebrations.
Another important and celebrated day in the life of a Korean infant is “Baek-il”. and is held on the 100th day after birth.
100th Day Celebration (Baek-il) is a significant milestone in Korea culture. Unfortunately it was difficult to pass due to sickness and poor living conditions. so the 100th day is celebrated for having survived this difficult period.
Long ago in Korea childhood diseases were common and the survival rate was very low. The high death rate was due to a lack of medical information and poor hygiene. In addition,? Korea’s winter is very cold and summer is too hot.
Parents refrain to go the baby outdoors until the 100th day after the birth to protect their children. On that 100th day, a family would traditionally pray and give food to thank the Shaman spirit. Because the baby survived this difficult period.
If the child was in good health, the spirit was honored with offerings of rice and sea mustard soup in gratitude for having cared for the infant and the mother, and for having helped them live through a difficult period.
If the steamed rice cakes were shared with 100 people, the infant would have a long and healthy life.?
Traditionally the number 100 has a deep meaning of maturity in Korea. The first 100 days was a sign that baby would live to see his first birthday.