How to Celebrate Dol – Korean First Birthday Traditions

Are you curious how to celebrate dol – Korean first birthday traditions? A modern day dolsang is typically adorned with rice cakes (dduk), birthday cake, desserts, dohl towers and decorations including the baby’s name and much more.  However, traditionally, the dolsang used to look a lot different.

Red used to be the most popular color used to decorate a dolsang. It was believed that the color red would keep away bad luck. The traditional 5 colored pouches were also a popular item placed on the dolsang which represented a vibrant life. Another traditional item placed on the dolsang were dol towers. They were typically used for the setting of a 60th or 70th birthday celebration which signified lifetime achievements. However, it can also be used to represent future accomplishments.

An abundance of fresh and dried fruits were placed which represented a joyous life for the child’s future children and family. And of course we can’t forget the rice cakes! Dduk represented purity and a long happy life.

Today, we see many adaptations of the traditional dolsang and there isn’t a right or wrong way of setting your dolsang. However, we at Chook Celebrations, focus on merging the timeless traditions with modern aesthetics. 

Our styled shoots come with all dolsang setting items including dduk, cakes and cookies!

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