We had our first celebration of 2021 with the baby. It was a beautiful event that took place with immediate family members due to COVID, yet it was just as special and meaningful. It was a celebration of Zara Rose’s first 100 days.
What is this 100 days celebration? This 100th Day Celebration is a Korean tradition called Baek-il (백일). The first 100 days is a special time of bonding for both mother and baby. In the olden days, many babies did not survive past 100 day, so this day symbolizes the end of the delicate newborn stage when baby is finally old enough to “greet” their guests.
I wanted to capture this special moment and was happy to discover a small business called 8.blossom on Instagram. The owner was wonderful to work with and she provided the traditional Korean decor and hanbok.
100 days celebration calls for some special food. In Korean, hundred (baek) also means white. This is why celebratory food such as white rice cake is always present. Traditionally this sweet rice cake is passed out to 100 people or anyone who is present at the celebration.
This celebration brings forth a new set of appreciation for me as I adapt to motherhood. It is quite the journey and I’ve been enjoying every moment so far. It is just wild seeing how much Zara grows and the new milestones she reaches with each leap. Now time to start planning for her Dohl (first birthday)!