Little Hayden Walker can draw on her Korean side to celebrate her age without waiting for her First Birthday (which happens to be Canada Day).
Hayden’s delightful smile says nothing about the sleepless nights she gave Mom and Dad (Julianna and Brendan) during the first part of those 100 days. Her feeding demands are less frequent and she sleeps for longer periods now. Happy kid. Happy parents.
During this celebration, the family worships Samshin. They make her offerings of rice and soup for having cared for the infant and the mother, and for having helped them live through a difficult period. They give thanks to Samshin and also pray for jae-ak (wealth), longevity, and cho-bok (traditional word for “luck”).
After the prayer the family, relatives and friends celebrate with rice cakes, wine, and other delicacies such as red and black bean cakes sweetened with sugar or honey. In order to protect the child, red bean rice cakes are placed at the four compass points of the house. This not only brings protection, but was also brings good fortune and happiness.
It is widely believed that if 100 people share the rice cakes the child will live a long life, so the family would also send rice cakes to neighbors and others. Those who receive rice cakes return the dishes with lengths of thread (expressing the hope for longevity), rice and money (symbolizing future wealth).