doljanchi korean first birthday

Doljanchi Explained: Traditions, Ceremonies, and Modern Twists

Doljanchi 돌잔치 is the Korean first birthday celebration. Dol 돌 means 12 months have come around, and janchi 잔치 means banquet or feast, so doljanchi technically means birthday party. The term always refers to the first birthday party, but this event is also sometimes called “cheot” dol, 첫돌, or “first” birthday.   Koreans celebrate a first birthday…

Why I Celebrate Dol

While dol ostensibly is a festive party centered around the birthday child, it is larger than that…It is a tribute to the generations who came before me and survived enough birthdays of their own to bring this very moment into life. For Korean parents, there are few events in their child’s life that take on greater significance…