Baek-il is celebrated on the 100th day after a child’s birth. Long ago in Korea, childhood diseases were common and the survival rate for children was very low. The number 100 has an inherent meaning of maturity and perfection, signifying a baby passes through a perfection period safely as a human being (source).
It is not until baek-il that the baby was introduced to neighbors, friends and relatives. One of the baek-il’s special events is the parents providing rice cakes, called baekseolgi, to at least 100 people. They believe this event helps to protect the child’s life. They also pray for the child’s continued good health (source).
Unfortunately, no rice cakes here in the Caribbean but I’m thinking yummy cupcakes will suffice? 😉 I already pre-ordered 100 cupcakes last week so all I’ll have to do is pick them up and distribute them to our coworkers tomorrow.
Kyle, even with mommy’s blunders, I’m so amazed at how you’ve grown and matured. We don’t know what we’re exactly doing but we’re trying our darn hardest! Mommy and daddy love you more than life itself. Thank you for being ours. ❤
- Cousin Theo’s Baek-il (hanbradley.wordpress.com)