This week Heiwon's mom came to share with the class information about the first birthdays in Korea.
Heiwon: This is the first birthday of a baby. Have you seen this costume?
Heiwon: This a Korean apple. Korean pear. Korean rice cake. There is a lot of rice grown in Korea, so we make rice cakes. And wheat rice cakes. The rice cakes we prepare, and we wear these costumes.
This is a traditional picture of Korea.
Many years ago many babies died from starvation or many diseases.
These are socks for children.
As many babies died a long time ago, the first birthday many families and neighbours gather and share food and wish for their baby to live happily, be wealthy and live a long life. They want their baby to have prosperity? Do you know what prosperity means? It means they do not go hungry, are not poor. They are very healthy, wealthy and live well.
For many Koreans, prosperity is very important.
Do you see the stripes? It is 5 colours. It stands for the universe: fire, water, tree, gold and soil. These 5 things are the week day names. Sunday is sun. Monday is moon day. These are the five basic principals.
Amy: Is the dog in the picture protecting them?
Heiwon: Yes, this is a Korean traditional house, about 500 years ago.
This is my boy's first birthday. This is Seheon's father.
Chaitanya: Seheon is wearing a party shirt.
Heiwon: Yes. This is a picture of a game. This is a fortune telling kind of game. First Seheon is placed in front of a table. Do you see some objects on a tray? They stand for his destiny. Do you see what it is?
Amy: A soccer ball.
Heiwon: Yes, and rice, a stethoscope... This one is the judge's gavel. We predict his future occupation. We put rice and money as we wish for him to be rich. First time, he picked a microphone. Second time, money.
This one is Chinese money, Korean money, Japanese money, US money... Seheon picked up the Chinese money.
Finally Seheon picked up money and we hang it on a white string. It means live longer and be healthy.
This is my whole family. Do you see this is rice cake. This is wheat cake. Rice cake means we wish for Seheon to live innocently.
And Korea as a zodiac, like China. Seheon was born in 2009. This year is the Ox's year. So I made rice cake with an ox. And Seheon was born in December so it is Christmas decorations.
Ameen: Is his birthday the first of December?