Korean First Birthday By Nina Drapacz Photography

It is customary in Korea, when a baby turns one, to be placed on a mat with several objects  : This part of the celebration is called Doljabi. Book (scholar), Money (wealth), Rice (abundance) Brushes (artist) Ball (athlete) String (long life) are set at the end of the mat and the baby crawls to one of these objects. The one they choose first, is believed to be their future.

Guests place bets and enter a raffle for a prize. Phoebe chose the book! The future professor was pleased with her choice! Her brother two years earlier chose the $100 bill!