Korean Culture

Birth Traditions

Koreans have very strong ideas when it comes to the proper birthing and upbringing of a child. Mainly rooted in traditional Eastern medicine and Confucian philosophy, there are many wonderful customs that can be celebrated in modern life even outside of Korea. 

 

Most important of these traditions might be celebrating Dol: a baby’s first birthday. Rooted in the joy families felt as their baby survived their first year of life, this celebration takes many different forms but shares a few traditions that connect Korean babies to their heritage.