A new modern way to carry out Doljabi

Doljanchi in Terms of 2020

Obviously, we no longer live in a world where we have to deal with a Korean dynasty rules and the risks of your child dying is lessened due to better healthcare and technology. Instead of partying in a rural village, both Koreans and Korean-Americans alike often celebrate Doljanchi in a grand hall or some other formal party location. You could possibly find a DJ playing the latest hits or a buffet line. Parents prepare some prizes for guests and upon entering the party, everyone gets a piece of paper on which a number is written. During the party guests who correctly answer a question about the baby win a prize. The host of the party, or an entertainer, also calls out a number randomly, and the person who has that number receives a prize. Alternatively, guests can bet on which item the baby will choose at the Doljabi game instead of leaving it all to the baby. That way two games are simultaneously happening while the child makes the choice. Even with a modernized party, there is nothing really stopping parents from dressing the baby in a traditional hanbok for the Dol or playing with a traditional Doljabi set that could have been passed down the family or some things just bought recently. In a modern Doljabi game, one can perhaps replace the rice grain with a breadstick or some other food item because it still represents some form of food. A Korean Won, which is the national currency of South Korea, can be replaced with a dollar bill or any amount if you’re in the United States. As from this example, the items that need to be in the Doljabi set do not have to be rigid or adhere to a traditional list of items. 

A Traditional Doljabi

A traditional Doljabi set can include the items of string, paint or calligraphy brushes, ink, and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table. It is believed the one selected will foretell the child’s future. For example, if the child picks up a writing/artistic utensil, they are destined to be smart. If they pick up money, they will be financially stable. If they pick up food, they will never go hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed they will live a long life. The types of objects placed on the table for the baby to choose have evolved over time as a reflection of society’s evolving perception of successful jobs. Back in the day, a successful career could range from being a farmer to an educator. Now we have other roles including doctors, business owners, etc. However, many parents remain traditional in their selection of objects to place on the table and find their selection on Joteta Korean Online Store. This is followed by feasting, singing and playing with the toddler. Most often, guests will present gifts of money, clothes, or gold rings to the parents for the child at this time.